Black Eagles Anniversary Coming Up

The New Black Eagle Jazz Band will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this Fall, and three members of the original band – Tony Pringle on cornet, trombonist Stan Vincent and Peter Bullis on banjo – are still holding forth on the bandstand. The band played its first gig in September of 1971 aboard the Peter Stuyvesant, a retired steamship docked in Boston Harbor next to Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurant.

Most of the Eagles engagements these days are in New England, but they will occasionally venture out of the area for a festival or special concert. On the docket for the immediate future are the following dates:
May 22 – 4pm – Sunday Jazz Series, Ken’s Steakhouse, Framingham, MA
June 25 – 6:30pm – Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT
July 10 – 2pm – Stark Park, Manchester, NH
July 31 – 6:30pm – Newton Center lawn, Newton, MA
Aug. 19 – 8pm – Deertrees Theater, Harrison, ME
Oct. 9 – 3pm – Cape Cod Cultural Center, South Yarmouth, MA

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Other bands that are scheduled to appear at the Sunday Jazz Series at Ken’s Steakhouse on Route 9 are:
May 1 – Dan Gabel High Society Orchestra
May 15 – Wolverine Jazz Band
June 12 – Back Bay Ramblers
Concerts run from 4 to 7pm, and there is a $10 cover charge. Reservations are recommended by calling (508) 875-4455.

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Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag almost thirty years ago and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we became The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, containing profiles from 2013-2016 will be available on Amazon soon. He taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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