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Local musicians brought together by their love of Dixieland jazz formed Dr. Jass & The Heartbeats. The group includes (left to right) Mike Buskirk, Dr. Claudio Zamorano, Gerry Reynolds, Dale and Suzanne Knighton. (Not pictured is Hawkeye Matthews.)

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Dixieland jazz band: Musicians offer a blast from the past

A part of the past floats into the room every time Dixieland jazz bands like Dr. Jass & The Heartbeats perform in the Rim Country. Imagine scenes from the 1920s: flappers — the young and unconventional women —burning up the dance floor with the guys dressed in skimmers, bowlers, silk top hats and bow ties.

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