Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics

Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics

 Hackensack, New Jersey, USA
BandJazzTraditional

Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics is a Dixieland Jazz band playing the hot jazz of the 1920's and 30's in New Orleans and Chicago styles. Our sound is based on a driving rhythm section that makes our music swing.

Biography

Doctor Dubious has been performing jazz in the New Orleans and Chicago styles since 1998 in the tri-state area. They have performed at First Nights in Teaneck, Montclair, Maplewood-South Orange and Morris County and for numerous public, corporate and private events. Among the public appearances are MusikFest in Bethlehem, PA; the River Edge,Bergenfield, Hillsdale and Downtown Westfield Summer Concert series; Carl Schurz Park in NYC; Summerfest, promoted by Holy Name Hospital in Overpeck Park; New Jersey Jazz Society at Watchung Arts Center; library concerts in Mahwah, River Edge, River Vale, Chatham, Bloomfield, Ridgewood, West Caldwell, Glen Rock, Tenafly, Franklin Lakes, Waldwick, Washington Township, West Haverstraw, New City and Teaneck; and street fairs in Teaneck, Ridgewood, Upper Montclair, Summit and Bergenfield.

Tom Duncan is Doctor Dubious and plays clarinet as well as alto and C melody saxophones to lead the group. You can even coax a raucous vocal or two out of him, such as instructions on how to "Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" or the sad refrain, "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It". He is the peerless leader of this crew of regulars . . . .

Dubious Lead Horn

Bart Bartholomew on cornet is our lead horn on just about every tune and brings a twenty-first century sensitivity to the 20's and 30's music of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Bart also doubles as the husband of Karen, noted below for piano, and they have made sweet music together since their student days at the University of Nebraska.

Dubious Trombone

Dick Dreiwitz began playing in the early 1950's and has learned from and worked with such legends as Willie The Lion Smith, Lee Blair, Zutty Singleton, and Herb Hall. This led to a European tour in 1957 with the "College All Stars" and its subsequent stint alternating with the house band of Wilbur De Paris at the old Jimmy Ryan's in New York City. Dick has been active in the NYC traditional jazz scene since the 60s and is an original---twenty-seven year---member of the Woody Allen "New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra", the regular Monday night attraction, for its entire run of twenty-four and a half years at Michael's Pub in New York City as well as that band's offshoot, the "Speakeasy Jazz Babies".

Dubious Bass

Barbara Dreiwitz has the singular distinction of being the only female tuba player active in the field of classic jazz in the Western Hemisphere! Her career ranges from small jazz groups in New York City in the early 60's such as The Southampton Dixie, Racing, and Clambake Society Jazz Band and The Red Onion Jazz Band to touring Europe with The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band in the 70s to original membership in Woody Allen's New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra to Stanley's Washboard Kings and European, Caribbean and Italian tours in the 70s & 80s to recent radio with Jim Lowe and cabaret with Julie Wilson.

More Dubious Rhythm

Monroe Quinn is strumming banjo and guitar with us now and leading romps through tunes like Limehouse Blues and providing guitar licks ala Lonnie Johnson or Johnny St. Cyr on the Louis Armstrong Hot Five tunes..

Karen Bartholomew is our lovely and multi-talented pianist who is as comfortable and entertaining singing in the style of the 20's and 30's as she is proficient and impressive in modern jazz vocals and arrangements.


Discography

Doctor Dubious "Hot Jazz"
Excerpts available from http://cdbaby.com/cd/ddta

Set List

Sets are 45 minutes to a "long hour" depending on the program. We have performed one hour concerts or played for several hours at weddings and other functions.
Typical wedding cocktail party play list (no break) . . . .
SET 1
Oh Baby – F
Once In A While – C
Royal Garden Blues – F/Bb
Mood Indigo – Bb
Dippermouth Blues – Bb
Saturday Night Function– Bb
Louisiana – Ab
Muskrat Ramble – Ab
Weary Blues – F

Entr’acte

Karen Vocal Feature

Tom - Clarinet - Stranger on the Shore – F

Karen Vocal Feature

SET 2
Honeysuckle Rose – F
Wild Man Blues - Bb
Squeeze Me – F
Milenburg Joys – Bb
Can’t We Be Friends - Bb
C Jam Blues – duh!!!
Cornet Chop Suey – Bb
Oriental Strut – F
Wolverine Blues – Bb/Eb/Bb

Typical picnic or party long set . . . . .
Oh, Baby
Muskrat Ramble
All of Me
Wild Man Blues
Squeeze Me
After You’ve Gone
Dippermouth Blues
Bill Bailey
Wolverine Blues
The Mooche
Ain’t She Sweet
Ice Cream
Honeysuckle Rose
Weary Blues
I’ve Found A New B