Ann Stewart is considered to be among a very small group at the top of the jazz banjo world. She is the vocalist, banjoist and leader of Chicago's premier Dixieland Show Band. Her percussive, swinging style along with her energy and enthusiasm fuels the exclusive arrangements performed by the band.
Ann and the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Jazz Band specialize in, but are not limited to, Classic Dixieland Jazz and standards spanning three decades. Each and every song is played as if it was written today. Each dynamic band member is skilled in improvisation keeping the music fresh and always entertaining. The band's modern showbiz savvy reflects their success at making their music relevant to current audiences with a sound and style that is uniquely different.
This group's eclectic style has allowed them to prosper for over two decades performing over 200 engagements each year from concert halls to local and international festivals, State and County Fairs, Mardi Gras theme parties, Christmas shows, corporate events, grand openings, cruises, theme parks, resorts, casinos, educational school programs, and countless private functions. They are listed in the Illinois Association Hall of fame as "Entertainers of the Year," on the Illinois Artstour Roster and have recorded eight albums.
If you are looking for a show or something a bit more subtle, this group is hard to beat. No event is too big or too small. Their volume, group size and repertoire will be tailored to fit your event and budget. It's time to make your special event one to remember!