Don Vappie & the Creole Serenaders have been together for 10 years, and they will help restart the popular Nickel-a-Dance concert series on Sunday, Nov. 27, at Café Brasil. Vappie, an acclaimed banjo player, comes from a musical family that dates back to New Orleans' Storyville days, and his combo explores the work of Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and others. Vappie has also been active in trying to help musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. He organize "Bring It On Home," a benefit held in Covington early in November that focused on jazz with George French, Leah Chase and the Storyville Stompers among the acts. His appearance and the whole Nickel-a-Dance series helps to keep traditional jazz alive at a time when each year, there seems to be fewer and fewer places to perform. Part of the charm of the series is that it reminds people that jazz began as dance music and was not initially meant to be treated as museum music, and because it's kid-friendly, a new generation hears the music as it's intended to be heard. The series continues the next three Sundays, concluding with Lionel Ferbos and the Palm Court Jazz Band playing Sunday, Dec. 18. No cover.
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7
Caf Brasil, 2100 Chartres St., 949-0851
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