Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Original Dixieland Jazz Band

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The essence of New Orleans jazz. This band introduced a new music to the world in 1917 and dominated the recording market for over six years... unheard of in any recorded music genre to date.


Current band is led by Jimmy LaRocca; musical director, trumpet and vocals performing the music of the ODJB and his own original compositions.


First called the Original Dixieland "Jass" Band in 1916/1917 and known as the ODJB. By the end of 1917, jass was replaced with the first introduction of jazz in recorded music and to the world.

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded all of the most popular and influential "Jazz" recordings from 1917 until April 1923. In August 1922 the New Orleans Rhythm Kings had hit recordings and in April 1923 King Oliver began his huge success. For over six years the ODJB recordings were heard around the world and hundreds, if not thousands, of future jazz musicians were influenced by their unique sound and original compositions.

Jimmy LaRocca has an amazing understanding of the musical style and history of this great music.

The music of the ODJB is feel good, toe tapping, happy music.

Jazz is America's music. Where it came from and where it is going is an amazing journey. The ODJB is a pinnacle, key point ensemble in the history of jazz and American music.


Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRoccas Original Dixieland Jazz Band
"Dixieland Jazz for Children"
2008 Release

Original Dixieland Jazz Band
"Jazz From New Orleans"
2004 Release

Jimmy LaRocca on Trumpet and Vocals, Tom Fischer on Clarinet, Steve Suter on Trombone, Tom Roberts on Piano, Al Bernard on Bass, David Hansen on Drums and Joey Torres on Parade Bass Drum and Cymbal on tracks 1 and 3.

Original Dixieland Jazz Band
"110 Year Anniversary of A Jazz Legend; Nick LaRocca"
1999 Release

Jimmy LaRocca on Trumpet and Vocals, Tim Laughlin on Clarinet, Bob Havens and Ben Smith on Trombone, John Royen and Tom Roberts on Piano, Al Bernard on Bass and David Hansen on Drums

Original Dixieland Jazz Band
"80 Years of Jazz"
1997 Release

Jimmy LaRocca on Trumpet and Vocals, Tim Laughlin on Clarinet, Michael Guma on Trombone, John Royen on Piano, Phil Darois on Bass and David Hansen on Drums

Set List

The ODJB performs most songs by the 1st band, original songs written/sung by Jimmy LaRocca and "classic" trad New Orleans jazz songs. Please visit our discography page to see and hear samples (and purchase) all recorded albums with many of these songs.

At The Jazz Band Ball, Basin Street Blues, BluinĂ¢€™ the Blues, Bourbon Street Parade, Clarinet Marmalade, Darktown Strutters Ball, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, Down By the River Side, Fidgety Feet, Float Me Down the River, Indiana, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Livery Stable Blues, Original Dixieland One Step, St. James Infirmary, St. Louis Blues, They Raided the Joint, Tiger Rag, Tin Roof Blues, Way Down Yonder in New Oleans, When It's Sleepy Time Down South, When the Saints Go Marching in, When Your Smiling