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Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz - Biography

HOTLANTA DIXIELAND JAZZ
Brief Member Biographies

 

DON ERDMAN - Leader
Clarinet - Soprano Saxophone

Don founded Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz in 1990 in Atlanta where he has lived and played professionally since 1982.  Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he has a Bachelor and Master degree in music.  Before forming Hotlanta, Don was busy in studio recording studios, pit orchestras, and toured with many name performers, including, Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, and Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme.  Dixieland Jazz, however, is where his heart is, and now the focus of his work. On several occasions Don has been the featured soloist at Denny’s Swing Club in Hamburg, Germany, which help open the door to Hotlanta’s various European and Asian tours. He has had the good fortune to study with jazz greats, James Moody and Eddie Daniels.

 

BILL RUTAN
Banjo - Vocals

From Great Falls, Montana, Bill began playing professionally at 16.  He moved to San Francisco, playing with several bands in the Bay Area for 5 years.  After performing a year in Italy, Bill played the Worlds Fair in New York, then on to New Orleans, and finally to Atlanta in 1967.  Bill has a nearly inexhaustible wealth of songs and lyrics that he can call upon on the spot. Having played and recorded with so many of the top players in Traditional Jazz ( Smokey Stover, George Brunios, Turk Murphy, Lou Waters, Pee Wee Ervin, and Bob Haggart, to name a few) he brings musicianship and rich experience to Hotlanta

 

HAL JOHNSON

Tuba

Hal started playing jazz in Portland Oregon with Monte Ballou’s Castle Jazz Band in the early ‘50’s.  In 1955 he joined Turk Murphy’s band in Las Vegas and again worked with Turk in San Francisco, 1962-1964.  While in San Francisco, Hal met and played some of the legends of Traditional Jazz:  Red Nichols, Muggsy Spanier and Clancy Hayes.  In the early ‘60’s Hal worked in New Orleans where he played with such jazz greats as George Lewis, Sweet Emma Barrett, Louis Cottrel, Willy Humphreys and Jim Cullum.  In 1966, Hal moved to Atlanta where he became leader of the house band of the famous Ruby Red’s nightclub.  Hal had the honor of touring with “Bob Greene’s World of Jelly Roll Morton” in 1978.

 

STAN JOSEPH

Drums

Stan is from New Orleans, and you know it when you hear him play. He is the newest member of Hotlanta, having moved to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina. The Joseph family has been part of the New Orleans jazz scene since the first days of jazz in the early 1900’s right up to the present. Each generation of his family has passed along the tradition of this music of which Stan is the most recent exponent. He often performs at Preservation Hall in the French Quarter, where he has a standing invitation whenever he returns home for a visit. When Stan plays you will think you are on Bourbon Street in Old New Orleans.

 

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