“Doreen Ketchens flat out lights up a room. Her smile and quick wit complimented her superb talent on the clarinet and the wide ranging resonance of her voice that would’ve made Louis Armstrong proud.”
-Rob Kindert, Telegraph Herald
Doreen Ketchens, the leader of Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, has been called Queen Clarinet, the female Louis Armstrong, and Lady Louie. She has performed with Dorothy Donagan, Jon Faddis, Al Hirt, Ellis Marsalis, Trombone Shorty, The Black Crows, Jennifer Warrens, and many others. Her husband, Lawrence, plays the tuba, valve trombone and piano, and arranges and produces music. He has performed with Danny Barker, Jon Faddis, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Teddy Riley, and Trombone Shorty.
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans has represented New Orleans and the United States worldwide, performing in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, South America, Russia and the United States. They have performed for four United States presidents, including Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. The band has released 21 CDs and three DVDs.