Named after the famous Milneburg Amusement Park on Lake Ponchartrain, the Milneburg Jazz Band plays music associated with New Orleans when Jazz was young, including that of Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and more.
We are ideal for Mardi Gras themed events, private
parties and BBQs, jazz societies, summer outdoor
events, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, or any event that needs some toe-tapping energy and fun.
Our trio is highly portable and compact. We don’t need a piano, drums, or a big sound system, so we can set up in small spaces in restaurants, meeting rooms, private homes, or a deck or patio.
This group is expandable to a full 6-piece band for festivals and large events. Our Sextet has been well received at Jazz Society programs.
Because we have decades of professional music experience, you can be sure that you will get a professional performance. We arrive early, look and sound good, and do everything possible to make your event a success.
MILNEBURG JAZZ BAND BIOS
JIM BUCHMANN – Clarinet, Alto and Soprano Saxophone
Given the nickname, “Gentleman Jim” while playing with the high-energy, Toronto based Climax Jazz Band, during the late 70’s and “The Good Dog” by the Black Dogs a decade later, Jim’s monikers are well-deserved and consistent. Possessing as wide a range of classic jazz experience as any Reedman around, Jim Buchmann has appeared with many internationally known jazz artists; among them, Peter Appleyard, Bob Wilber, Max Kaminsky, Turk Murphy, Kenny Davern, Dick Cary, Bill Allred, Peter Schilperoot, Bob Havens, Henry Cuesta, Humphrey Lyttleton, Ralph Sutton, Lu Watters and Dick Hyman. Jim led the Climax Jazz Band in Toronto, and spent 20 years performing at Disney World in Orlando. Jim has more than 40 recordings to his credit, and was a jazz camp instructor for many years. Jim has recently retired from 40 years of national and international jazz festival touring and now plays in the Portland area with the Milneburg Trio and others.
DAVE JOHNSON, guitar & plectrum banjo
Dave Johnson is in great demand in the Willamette Valley region for his excellent musicianship, large repoitoire of songs, and his wonderful guitar soloing and comping skills. Dave lived in western Pennsylvania until his early teens, and listened carefully, and often, to the pre-Beatles top 40 on KDKA and WDAD radio. Given a guitar for his fifteenth birthday, Dave soon discovered Chet Atkins. In addition to Atkins, he admires the plectral stylings of Mottola, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Ed Bickert, among many other guitarists. His family moved to Corvallis, Oregon where he played in various ensembles. A growing interest in jazz led him to Mount Hood Community College in Gresham. He has played regularly in small groups with Rip Robinson, John Reitz, Ernie Carson, and combo swing jazz with the top musicians in the Portland area. Dave is an original member of the Milneburg Jazz Band, formed in 2010.
DAVID DUTHIE - BASS
David Duthie is well-known in jazz circles in the Portland Metro area. He is a versatile musician with a strong, driving rhythm who has been described as a “powerhouse” bassist. He’s been playing music most of his life, first playing trumpet, baritone sax, and tuba before settling on the string bass. He’s performed many styles of music in nightclubs, concerts, dances, musical theater, and jazz festivals throughout the Northwest, Palm Springs, and Phoenix. He currently plays with many other groups and show bands in a wide variety of formats, including over 20 years with the Jim Beatty Jazz Band, and 30-plus years in the piano and bass duo of Blackburn and Duthie. David also manages and performs on bass and vocals with the folk group The River City Ramblers. He’s played for many years in a duo with pianist Bo Ayars, Liberace’s former conductor. David is also an original member of the Milneburg Jazz Band.