We’re Doing it again! Don’t miss out!
The Draga-Coots All-Stars Jazz Tour to Germany & Austria
September 15 – 29, 2015
Three years ago, we invited a group of handpicked musicians do a Germany-Austria Tour. We asked Bob Draga and Danny Coots to pick an All-Stars jazz band. They invited the very best, in the business. We called them the Draga-Coots All-Stars. We sold out! We are now offering this exciting tour one more time. You’d be hard pressed to find a select group with more talented musicians like this on one stage. These guys are in high demand throughout the country, each a festival attraction by name only. You get them all in one package. They will entertain you daily for two solid weeks. We’re talking live and in your face. We can easily say – this will be your best trip ever. There’s just nothing like it.
Not only will you listen to superb live jazz everyday, you’ll visit some of the most beautiful areas on the planet. This is not a typical rushed whirlwind European tour, dragging suitcases on and off buses each day with endless city tours. You’ll pack your bags only once, stay in one modern Bavarian style hotel, located in the picturesque village of Grassau, nestled on the edge of the Alps between Munich and Salzburg. We will tour by luxurious motor coach daily to places of interest and later to return to our hotel for dinner and an evening of hot jazz. Nearly everything is included in one super low price. Our entire staff of musicians promises to make this vacation an experience of a lifetime. Check out this outstanding line up . . . If you have been around the jazz scene for any time at all, you probably know them all.
Meet the band:
Clarinet – with Bob Draga with Friends Quartet
During the past ten years, many jazz fans have known him as a member of the Titan Hot 7 Jazz Band, but clarinetist Bob Draga’s professional career encompasses over fifty years of live performances (national and international) at jazz festivals, jazz cruises, and personal engagements. Bob has appeared regularly with the Titan Hot 7, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, and as a duo with Jeff Barnhart. A long association with the popular Garden Avenue Seven Jazz Band has brought this clarinetist to the forefront of jazz — a position richly deserved. Bob’s is a “fat sound,” smooth and silky, using the entire range of the horn. His fluid tone reflects a mix of Irving Fazola and Benny Goodman, and his solos bristle with inventiveness and authority. Bob has led several all-star bands, was co-leader of the Draga-Vax Connection for three years. He has many recordings to his credit, including: Swing Sweet Clarinet, recorded with his own quartet; Rhapsody in Silver, as a featured soloist with Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band; and Mood Swings, which was recorded with a symphony orchestra. He also appears on several recordings with the Titan Hot 7 Jazz Band of Nashville, TN, including Jam in Music City and Never the Same Way Once. In addition to playing superb clarinet, Bob presents an almost wicked brand of humor. He may make you cry, laugh, roar, or applaud wildly, but he will surely move you to emotion. It’s no wonder that Bob Draga is one of the busiest musicians on the trad. jazz circuit today. To hear Bob in a live performance: “I Love Paris”
Drums: from The Titan Hot Seven
When you watch Danny Coots play drums, it’s hard to keep your eyes off him. He captures your attention as he radiates equal rhythm in his whole body as what comes out on the drums. Though the drums take back stage on the stage, Danny is always center stage in his appearance and fun to watch. Danny started playing drums at the age of 6 in northern New York 42 years ago. From that time he studied with Nick Baffaro, Rich Holly, Alan Koffman and Jim Peteresak in percussion. He continued his education at Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University. Danny became adjunct faculty at St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University and Potsdam State University from the mid-1970s into the 1990s, while traveling and performing with David Amram, Ray Shiner, Daniel Pinkam, Herb Ellis, Will Alger, Jack Mayhew, Speigle Willcox, Mimi Hines, Phil Ford, Bob Darch, Terry Waldo, Pearl Kaufman and Arthur Duncan. Ten years ago, Danny moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1996 where he joined the Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band for 5 years, and helped to found the Titan Hot Seven while playing and recording with Dave Hungate, Bill Allred, Randy Reinhart, Ron Hockett, John Cocuzzi, John Sheridan, Dan Barrett, Allen Vache, Vince Giordano and Rebecca Kilgore, to name a few. Danny has recorded extensively in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, having played drums on over 90 recordings, one of which received a Grammy in 2005. He has performed throughout the world, having appeared in 100 countries. Hear Danny in a live performances, click here: “Ragtime”“Rosetta”A night at the Rossmoor Jazz Club, March 11, 2014
Guitar, Banjo & Vocalist:
Bob has been a Banjo King on Main Street at Disney World; the band leader and performer at Rosie O’Grady’s in Orlando; and was a featured act and band leader on the Mississippi Queen and the American Queen steamboats. For the past 10 years, Bob has been a featured All-Star for the JazzFest at Sea, and the Jazzdagen,cruises. He has played jazz festivals in Tahiti, Germany, Holland, France, Britain, Canada and the Caesarea Jazz Festival in Israel. In 2013, he’ worked at jazz festivals around the United States as an All-Star with the Jim Cullum Band and with The Midiri Brothers. Listen to Bob’s humor as he sings:“If I Didn’t Care”and hear “S’ Wonderful”.
Trumpet: from Wally’s Wharehouse Waifs
As leader and front man for Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, Dave is one of the country’s most popular Traditional Jazz trumpet players. His career started in 1979 as a lead horn player for the nationally renowned New Reformations Band. Over the past 30 years he has performed at virtually every major Traditional Jazz festival in the US. By day, he’s the city manager of Otisville, Michigan. See Dave preform live with the Wally’s Warehouse Waifs – be sure to wait to the end: “Wally’s”
Piano: from Black Dog Jazz Band
Tom Hook worked for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company for a large part of his career as a lounge entertainer, band leader, cruise director, Manager, and Director of Entertainment. Also spending several years as a staff musician / featured entertainer at Walt Disney World, he has toured the world as a solo artist and with his own Black Dog Band, & appears nightly in New Orleans. Tom plays the “Jelly Roll”.
Bobby Durham Bass: from The New Reformation Jazz Band
Bobby has been a versatile multi-instrumentalist and entertainer for more than 30 years, performing all over the USA and around the world. Bobby worked as staff musician and entertainer in the Opryland Theme Park, on board the General Jackson showboat and at the Opryland Hotel as staff musician at Disney World. During the last ten years, Bobby has been Cruise Director and Bandleader for Delta Queen Steamboats of Mid-America.Bobby on bass: “Live at LuLus“
Trombone: from Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band
Bill performed in College and the Navy and was a staff musician at Walt Disney World. Bill played over 12 years with the Wild Bill Davison Jazz Band, recording and traveling to festivals and concerts worldwide. Bill is now the leader of the very popular Classic Jazz Band. Bill continues to do occasional music work for Walt Disney World as well as run his own music production company. See Bill and his son John play with Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band: “Bill & John Allred“ “Things“
This fantastic tour is especially tailored for the Traditional Jazz enthusiast. This is a full two-week vacation in a 3-star hotel located in the picturesque village of Grassau, only a short drive to Munich and Salzburg. This Alpine region of Southern Germany is one of the most beautiful areas in Europe with its breathtaking scenery and majestic mountains. You will be entertained daily by popular and talented jazz musicians.
The price per person is your total cost. There will be no surprise add-ons, no added tax, no upgrade nor added excursions! (There are no port charges, no tax, no off shore excursions, no transfer charges, automatic gratuity charges like you will find on a cruise.) Nearly everything is included – round trip airfare, most meals, hotel, all transportation, all entrance fees, personal escorts and the best live jazz entertainment available anywhere! You will tour Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich and experience the real Oktoberfest. You will visit castles, enjoy dual concerts, a Mozart Dinner Concert in Salzburg, a traditional Bavarian Show, enjoy a village market day, take a jazz cruise on Lake Chiemsee, ride an alpine ski lift, have a schnapps tour and much, much more.
Compare this with any jazz cruise or other European trip and it can’t be beat for price, entertainment value or personal attention. This incredible tour will be a sure sell-out.
|Here is some of what you get:|
- Personally escorted vacation with expert travel guides.
- Round trip airfare from most US international airports.
- Two full weeks in the village of Grassau. Pack your bags only once.
- Live music daily from Mozart, German Om-pa bands to the Draga-Coots All-Stars
- Modern Bavarian hotel all rooms with private shower.
- All ground transportation by luxurious motor-coach
- Free admission to places of interest listed, including two joint jazz concerts
- Full European breakfast buffet throughout
- All dinners included except three
- Visit the world famous Munich Hofbrauhaus
- City tours in Salzburg, Munich & Innsbruck
- Visit the wood carving capital of Oberammergau.
- Local Farmers’ Museum.
- Alpine ski lift ride.
- Traditional Bavarian Dancers with live Om-pa music.
- Boat cruise on Lake d with live music.
- King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein & Herren Island Castles.
- Berchtesgaden Salt Mines.
- The Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s alpine mountain retreat.
- Salzburg Mozart Dinner Concert
- Visit the Original Munich Oktoberfest
- “Aufwiedersehen” Banquet and much, much more!
This tour is two full weeks of fun. The Bavarian village of Grassau is located about 1 and 1/2 hours south of Munich and is considered one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Southern Bavaria offers spectacular mountain views, luscious green countryside and friendly local people with proud traditions. This is not your typical rushed whirlwind European tour, dragging suitcases on and off busses daily with endless city bus tours. During the entire tour, you’ll stay in one modern Bavarian hotel with private shower right in the center of our adopted village of Grassau. This is where we will eat most of our meals and tour to local places of interest. This vacation allows plenty of time to enjoy the very best of Southern Germany and parts of Austria. We have our own private area in the hotel. You’ll experience a personalized guided tour with your friends at one super low price.
Call Tom & Gina at 1-800-901-8044 for more information
or call Bob Draga at 727-430-8231
or Danny Coots at 615-306-2661