Talk of the Town Dazzles with Dixieland

The Talk of The Town, under the leadership of Kevin Van Ess, is one of the hottest Dixieland/Swing Style Jazz Groups north of New Orleans. The group featuring clarinet/saxophone, trumpet, trombone, banjo, bass, piano, and drums will appear at Third Avenue Playhouse for one performance on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm.

Before coming together to form the group, the members performed individually throughout the world. Band leader, clarinet and saxophonist Kevin Van Ess has performed with a number of artists including Bob Hope, Shari Lewis, Rich Little, Marie Osmond, The Green Bay Packer Band, The Dukes of Dixieland and in New Orleans on Bourbon Street. Those who’ve seen The Talk of the Town perform are familiar with Van Ess’s smooth, fluid style.

The Talk of The Town performs all styles of music with an emphasis on the great jazz standards with special salutes to Pete Fountain, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, AL Hirt, The Dukes of Dixieland, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more. On occasion, you may even hear a polka as the group salutes the official state song of Wisconsin!

The Talk of the Town has recorded and released two CD’s entitled A Closer Walk With Kevin Van Ess and Talk of the Town and Honky Tonk.

Ticket prices for The Talk of the Town are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $8 for children. Tickets are on sale at the theater box office, 239 N. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, 920.743.1760. Box-office hours are 10 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to performances. Tickets are also available at Dancing Bear, 13 N. Third Avenue and online at