It's Mardi Gras Time with Carolina's favorite Dixieland Band!
The Moore Square Dixielanders made their debut in 1991 after clarinetist Donald Martin, banjo player Chris Royce, and bass player Mike Stockstill got together to play some gigs as a new acoustic trio. Naming themselves after one of the original Squares in the City of Raleigh, their success was instant. Combining years of experience and a genuine love for old time and new time toe tapping music, the group was immediately in demand after several engagements for the City of Raleigh and City Market.
One of their most important and dedicated fans was been Big Ed Watkins, owner of Big Ed's restaurant, where the group played for jazz brunch for over ten years. The motto of Big Ed's and the Moore Square Dixielanders has been to bring not only the finest in American food but the finest in American music to their customers. Performing not only Dixieland, but many varieties of music, the house is always full at Big Ed's.
Their success has not gone unnoticed. Now expanded to four and sometimes five or six, they are now a part of the North Carolina Arts Council's prestigious touring program. Over 900 engagements later, a partial list of clients include: City Market, WUNC Radio, the North Carolina State Capitol, the Cardinal Club, the Capital City Club, the Holiday Inn Downtown, the North Carolina Republican and Democrat Parties, UNC-W, Arts Councils of Wilson, Burke, Watauga, Beech Mountain, and dozens of brides and grooms. They have performed with the Sister Cities Program in downtown Hull, England, on the Left Bank in Paris, and in New Orleans.
As one of the best jazz bands in the country, they are riding the reemergence of swing as a popular music.