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    Street Side Jazz Band performing Bill Bailey on KPLC Midday Show and promoting our new CD available on all digital platforms.

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  • Upcoming performances

    Luna Bar and Grill

    Downtown

     Lake Charles, LA

    On the outdoor patio

    *EVERY Friday from 7 - 10pm

    and

    *EVERY Sunday from 10am - 2pm

     

    * denotes weather permitting

    Blue Dog Cafe

    609 Ryan St. Lake Charles, La 70601

    September 29th

    7pm-10pm

    October 25th

    6pm-9pm

    November 3rd

    7pm-10pm

    December 8th

    7pm-10pm

    Gray Plantation-Cypress Grill

    6150

    Graywood Pkwy Lake Charles, La 70605

    September 27th

    7pm-9pm

     

     

    Crying Eagle

    1165 E. McNeese Street

    Lake Charles, La

    October 13th 5:30-8:30pm

    Chuck Fest

    Downtown

    Lake Charles, La

    October 20th

    12pm-1pm

  • About us

    Street Side Jazz Band

    is a quartet that specializes in playing the various sub-genres of music in the Jazz idiom. Since the ensemble founded in 2011 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, it has gained international recognition. In addition to the group's regular live performances, Street Side Jazz Band can be seen and heard in films and television. The group is composed of experienced performers from around the country.

  • Meet The Band

    William Christian

    Saxophones, Woodwinds,

    Backing Vocals

    Original member: William is

    originally from Orange, TX. He

    is the saxophone private lesson instructor at both Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district (his alma mater) and Swicegood Music/Right Note Studio. William studied at McNeese State University and was given an Outstanding Soloist award during the 2012 McNeese Jazz Festival.

     

    Lake Charles Jazz in the Arts featured William in the spring of 2016 as their special guest artist. William has performed with notable groups such as The Harry James Orchestra, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Rory Partin Big Band, Leif Pedersen's 1944 Big Band, The Lake Charles Big Band, and The Lake Charles Symphony.

     

    William served as president of the Rho Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and was a member of the Iota Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.

    Steve Dufrene

    Bass, Backing Vocals

    Founding member and band leader: Steve is from Lake Charles, LA. He holds a Master of Arts degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston Moore's School of Music.

     

    Steve's 20+ years of live performance experience includes playing in bands of various genres in both Louisiana and Texas. His jazz career began in 2004 for notable musicians such as Sparky Koerner, Jack Truett, Dave Barry, and Marsha Frazier.

     

    He currently teaches elementary music in Dequincy, LA. Steve has directed award winning choirs at both the district and state levels for the past 14 years.

    Jake Spinella

    Piano, Vocals

    Jake is from Montville, New Jersey. He holds a Masters of Music degree from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an Bachelor of Music Composition degree from Rowan University in New Jersey. Jake teaches music theory and music appreciation at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

     

    Jake's compositions and arrangements have been heard in Europe, North America, and South America. He has written original music for the stage, television, and film.

     

    Jake has performed with Grammy winning artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Dianne Schuur, The New York Voices, Irvin Mayfield, and has been a member of the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band.

    Kory Fontenot

    Drums, Backing Vocals

    Kory is a Louisiana native who has been performing in the area for over two decades. He is versatile in many genres of music and is featured on recordings by several top bands from the region.

     

    In addition to performing and recording, he is a private lesson instructor for the Lake Charles Young Band Nation , where he teaches drums, piano, guitar, bass, harmonica, and vocal techniques.

     

    An accomplished singer and songwriter, Kory has gained widespread notoriety for his one-man band performances.