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The Eagle Band

The Eagle Band was a very important band in the history of Jazz. When Buddy Bolden went insane in 1907, Frankie Dusen took over Buddy Bolden’s Band and renamed it the Eagle Band after the Eagle Saloon at Perdido and South Rampart Street in the Storyville district of New Orleans.

The Eagle Band 1916
The Eagle Band 1916. Left to Right: Big Eye Nelson, Chinee Foster, Frankie Dusen, Buddy Petit, Lorenzo Staulz, Dandy Lewis.

The band was very popular in New Orleans between 1907 and 1917 and reportedly continued to play much of the same repertoire as when Bolden was the leader of the group. Many of the musicians that passed through the Eagle Band in the Teens would become the chief proponents of Hot Jazz during the 1920s.

The band made no recordings, but the Eagle Band was the link between the dawn of Jazz as represented by Buddy Bolden and the cultural phenomenon that jazz would become during the 1920s.

Sidney Bechet remembered the band this way, “The Eagle Band was much more of a barrelhouse band, a real gutbucket band, a low down band which really played the blues, and those slow tempos. To tell the true the Eagle Band was the only band that could play the blues. That was really a band”.

Sidney BechetClarinet
Peter BocageTrumpet, Guitar
Walter BrundyDrums
Jack CareyTrombone
Tig ChambersTrumpet
Edward ClemTrumpet
Baby DoddsDrums
Johnny DoddsClarinet
Frankie DusenTrombone, Leader
Chinee FosterDrums
Pops FosterBass
Ed GarlandBass
Tubby HallDrums
Bill JohnsonBass
Bunk JohnsonTrumpet
Joe JohnsonTrumpet
Frank KeelinTrumpet
Freddie KeppardTrumpet
Brock MumfordGuitar
Big Eye NelsonClarinet
King OliverTrumpet
Richard PayneGuitar
John PenertonTrumpet
Dandy LewisBass
Frank LewisClarinet
Dandy LewisBass
Bob LyonsBass
Big Eye Louis NelsonClarinet
Willie ParkerClarinet
Buddie PetitTrumpet
Lorenzo StaulzGuitar
Cliff StonesGuitar
Lorenzo Tio, Jr.Clarinet
Wild NedTrumpet
Henry ZenoDrums


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