THE HOT JAZZ PRESERVATION SOCIETY
features Dr. Julie Lyn Barber's musical family sharing their celebration of music they have sung with their families for generations. The children play a washtub bass, and Hoosier Hot Shot style washboard while the parents play a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, harmonica and ukulele. Set lists highlight American history through music from the hot jazz and gilded age eras, and some good old-fashioned Americana. The shows are a celebration of early twentieth-century American music: listening to it, performing it, and the nostalgic memories it can carry from one generation to another.
The band is a family of musicians who range in age from 11 to 52 years old. Many of the songs they perform, they learned from grandparents at the family piano. Many of those songs were written before they were even born, so they had learned them from their own parents and grandparents. Audiences in the past have been surprised at how many of the songs were familiar to them from their own childhoods and will be encouraged to sing along, share their memories, and make new ones.