Saturday June 29 – 3:45pm
The Blue Ox Jazz Babies take their name from one of Minnesota’s true legends, Paul Bunyan and his trusty friend Babe the Blue Ox. Although not legends themselves, the Blue Ox Jazz Babies have become known around Southern Minnesota as true enthusiasts of historical (and sometimes hysterical) music known as Dixieland Jazz. The band does its best to bring Dixieland Jazz from New Orleans all the way up the Mississippi to the Midwest ina way that keeps audiences smiling with a toe-tapping good time.
Blue Ox Musicians:
Tim Robinson on cornet carries the melody that drives the band. Tim’s smooth style and raspy vocals make you feel that you’re sitting in one of the clubs that Louis Armstrong and King Oliver made famous.
Barry Clapper on clarinet and soprano sax fills in with harmony parts and also does a nice job carrying the melody. Barry is well-known throughout the country as a judge of barbershop quartets. This experience with barbershop gives him a wonderful ear for harmony and a flair for the entertainment that audiences love.
Ted Schreyer on tuba anchors the band with his upbeat style of tuba playing. Ted has played on the Prairie Home Companion and can be heard around Minnesota with several jazz bands.
Debbie Schreyer is a super banjo player and it is always a pleasure to see her.
Tom Owens adds to the band with the washboard and vocals.
Jim Hayes on trombone is a true tail-gate player. He grew up listening to the sounds of Turk Murphy and fell in love with the style. No one knows if Jimmy can read a note but his instincts for rhythm and harmony give the band a truly unique sound.