the dirty river dixie band
The Dirty River Jazz Band is a traditional style jazz band hailing from San Antonio, Texas. The first band members originally met at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas where most of them studied music. After a concert put on by San Antonio’s own Jim Cullum, Chris Alvarado and Kris Vargas decided to put a similar group together. Their first public performance was under a gazebo on the square of downtown Seguin where they instantly started turning heads. They have gone on to perform at swing dance events, weddings, corporate events, private parties, and a number of venues around the United States.
The band is managed by Drummer, Vocalist, and Arranger Chris Alvarado, who also handles bookings. Other band members include Curtis Calderon (Trumpet) Evan Drumm (Trombone), Nick Brown (Clarinet), Trevin Roming (Piano/Arranger), Abel Alaniz/Ric Ramirez (Bass)! The Dirty River Jazz Band’s sound closely emulates The Jim Cullum Jazz Band who has helped mentor the members of the band.
Ben Luhrman has been DJing events in San Antonio since 2007. His inspiration and music selection come from his father and grandfathers’ love of vintage music. Ben has been listening to many different artists since he was a very young boy. His appreciation for quality, danceable tunes makes him a versatile DJ. Ben believes that he can set the mood and tone for any event through his music selection.
DJing formally for over 15 years, as one of the founder DJs of TOSS and at various local and regional events. A serious student of Swing and Jazz era music, Gregg is often found researching new music from the era to keep the dance floor energetic and fresh with new tunes or new arrangements of our favorite dance tunes.