in New Orleans, Don's versatile background of playing funk,
rhythm and blues, and pop music enhances his unique perspective
on music and performance. In 1995 he formed the Creole Jazz
Serenaders, performing classic jazz from the 1920’s
through the 1940’s. As one reviewer wrote, “(Don
Vappie & the CJS) ... remove the barriers of time…
making the music fresh for today’s audience.”
CJS recording, “Creole Blues” played to international
audiences as part of Delta Airline’s Inflight Entertainment
and is one of Offbeat Magazine’s “100 Essential
Louisiana CD’s.” “In Search Of King Oliver” was
the subject of a Public Radio International Broadcast radio
series entitled “In Search of King Oliver”- a
celebration of Joe “King” Oliver’s music.
This led Glen Pitre, film producer/writer, to make Don & CJS
a part of his film “THE HOME FRONT” - available
addition to his work as a producer, composer and arranger,
Don has performed/recorded with Terence Blanchard, Benny
Waters, Doc Cheathum, Peggy Lee and continues to be a regular
guest with Wynton Marsalis and The J@LC Orchestra as well
as guest artist at numerous festivals and venues worldwide.
out the performance schedule.