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History of the Band

The Fulton Street Jazz Band was organized in the early seventies by pianist Bob Ringwald. Originally the band was an informal group that met once a week at a Sacramento pizza parlor to learn and play Dixieland tunes. The name of the thoroughfare the pizza parlor was located on was, of course, Fulton Avenue.

The Fulton Street Jazz Band became more formalized in 1971 to play in the first Sacramento
Jazz Jubilee, now renamed the Sacramento Music Festival, and is the only band to have played in all 43Festivals. They will once again be featured at the 44th Festival Memorial Day weekend in May 2017.

When Ringwald moved to Los Angeles in 1979, Dean Nelson, the band's cornetist, took over leadership of the group and remained at the helm until late 2005. In 1995 Ringwald returned to the Sacramento area. Late in 1998, he returned to the band as the pianist and in 2005, when Dean retired, once again took over the leadership of the band.

The Fulton Street Jazz Band is a Chicago-style band that plays in the tradition of Eddie Condon's New York bands of the 40's and 50's. This popular and fun-loving group has been featured at jazz festivals and on jazz cruises for over forty years.

The band combines a front line of outstanding ensemble and solo players with a powerful rhythm section that builds a strong foundation for the band's unique sound. The band's extensive and varied repertoire is the foundation from which the band makes each performance an exciting and strong jazz statement.

Fulton Street is a delight to listeners and dancers alike.

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