The Onion River Jazz Band is a seven piece traditional Dixieland jazz band based in Burlington, Vermont (that hot bed of jazz!). For over 30 years, the Onion River Jazz Band has been presenting traditional New Orleans Dixieland Jazz which represents the roots and origin of jazz in America.  The band has worked to preserve the original sound of jazz with the performance of tunes from such legends and innovators as King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Biederbecke, Lu Watters and Clarence Williams. 

The band was formed in 1984 when a group of musicians played for a jazz worship service at the First Congregational Church in Burlington as a part of the Discover Jazz Festival.  Currently, the band plays concerts, weddings, worship services, memorial services, grand openings and jazz cruises continuously throughout the New England Area.

Members of the band come from all over Vermont and include Gene Childers, cornet; Bill Brislin, trombone; Andy Miskavage, clarinet; Andy Ellenberger, piano; Paul Gittelsohn, tenor banjo, vocals; Tony Hall, drums; Glendon Ingalls, sousaphone, bass.  Together these musicians represent over 300 years of music experience! Steve Young of Vermont Public Radio has characterized the band as “Vermont’s Premier Traditional Dixieland Jazz Band, not only in terms of popularity but where it counts: as skillful musicians who parlay the infectious clamor of New Orleans Traditional Jazz into an art form.

After You've Gone

Aint Misbehavin'

Alabamy Bound

Alexander's Ragtime Band

All of Me

Am I Blue


Apex Blues

At the Jazz Band Ball

Basin Street Blues

Beale Street Blues

Big Butter and Egg Man

Bill Bailey

Black and Blue

Blue Skies

Blue Turnin' Grey

Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me

Bourbon Street Parade

Bye Bye Blues

Careless Love

China Boy

Crazy About My Baby

Curse of an Aching Heart

Darktown Strutter's Ball


Down by the Riverside

Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?

Doctor Jazz

Fat Louis' Wake

Five Foot Two

Yes Sir, That's My Baby

Baby Face

Ain't She Sweet

Georgia On My Mind

Hello, Dolly


Honeysuckle Rose

I Can't Give You Anything But Love

Ice Cream


In the Sweet Bye & Bye

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter

I've Found A New Baby

It Had To Be You

It's a Sin To Tell a Lie

I Want a Little Girl

Jazz Me Blues

Ja Da

Joe Avery's Piece

Just a Closer Walk With Thee

Just a Little While To Stay Here

Lulu's Back In Town

Mack The Knife

Mecca Flat Blues

Melancholy Blues

Milenburg Joys

Muskrat Ramble

My Honey's Lovin Arms


New Orleans

Nineteen Nineteen Rag

Nobody's Sweetheart

Oh, Lady Be Good

Porter's Love Song

Puttin' On The Ritz


Royal Garden Blues

Runnin' Wild



Sentamental Journey



Sleepytime Down South

Somebody Stole My Gal

Someday You'll Be Sorry

Some of These Days


St. James Infirmary

Sunday Swanee River

Sweet Georgia Brown

Sweet Lorraine

Sweet Sue

Them There Eyes

That's a Plenty

Tiger Rag

Tin Roof Blues

Tishamingo Blues

Up a Lazy River

Wabash Blues

Washington and Lee Swing

What A Wonderful World

When You're Smilin'

When You and I Were Young Maggie, Blues

Who's Sorry Now

Willie the Weeper

Winin' Boy Blues

Wolverine Blues

You're Driving Me Crazy

You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew

You Tell Me You're Dream