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Jeff Lederer’s Swing N’ Dix: Swing N’ Dix

Depending on your distance from fifth-grade humor, the wordplay in the name of Jeff Lederer’s latest band is worthy of either a snicker or a cringe. But it also happens to be accurate: Swing n’ Dix is an irreverent but good-natured group that takes its cues from the gusto of swing and Dixieland music. Lederer is a potent reedman best known for his membership in drummer Matt Wilson’s quartet, and he recruits Wilson and cornet player Kirk Knuffke from that ensemble for this project. He scores a coup by rounding out the band with Bob Stewart, who at age 68 still huffs and puffs a tuba with distinctively resonant aplomb. Stewart’s jaunty presence on the tonal bottom line simultaneously adds fun and legitimacy to the proceedings.

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