The Start of Jazz (New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Buddy Bolden Band (1877 - 1931)


 Charles Joseph "B" Bolden (FAR RIGHT)  (September 6, 1877 – November 4, 1931) was an African-American  cornetist who was regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the  development of a New Orleans style of ragtime music, or "jass", which later came to be known as jazz. 

The Eagle Band

The Eagle Band - 1916 - New Orleans


 "The Eagle Band",  South Rampart Street, New Orleans, February 1916.  Edmond Hall, clarinet; Frankie Duson, trombone; Chinee Foster, drums;  Buddie Petit, cornet; Lorenzo Staultz, guitar; Dandy Lewis, string bass.

The Eagle Band, (formerly The Buddy Bolden Band) was an American Jazz Band during the Ragtime and early Jazz periods, (1877-1931), stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana. The instruments of the band were clarinet, drums, trombone, trumpet, guitar and strong bass, with one person on instrument. The Band was originally known as The Buddy Bolden Band, under the direction of B Bolden, from 1895 to 1906. On Sept 3rd, 1906 (LABOR DAY WEEKEND PARADE), while playing in the Labor Day Parade with his band, Buddy Bolden suffered a memorable breakdown which instituted staggering out of the marching formation and screaming. He was removed from the parade ranks and would permanently resign from the band.

After the resignation of Bolden, Frank Dusen would lead the band and change the name from The Buddy Bolden Band to the Eagle Band, named after the Eagle Salon on the corner of Perdido and Rampart streets,. The Band maintained popularity it had as before. Similar to the Hard Bop combo, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, which would emerge in decades to come.

The Eagle Band would serve as a stepping-stone for many prominent Hot Jazz players during the Early Jazz period. The Eagle Band was known as a very authentic, poignant band known for its ability to play slow gut-wrenching blues.

King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band


New Orleans, Louisiana

TOP: King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band poses for a studio group shot in the  early 1920s, with (from left) Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver,  Louis Armstrong (kneeling in foreground with trombone), Lil Harding,  Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds. Photo: JP Jazz Archive/Redferns. BOTTOM:  Trumpeter, bandleader and singer Armstrong was an important innovator of  early jazz. He introduced many contemporary popular songs to the jazz  world that are now considered standards. Photo from the U.S. Library of  Congress via Wikimedia 

Storyville in the Treme area of New Orleans


Jazz as Slaves


Under The Spanish Occupation in the Louisiana Territory, 1700s, before the Louisiana Purchase

1880s Jazz


The Buddy Bolden Band

1920s Jazz


Mamie Smith "The Crazy Blues":  10 Aug 1920. The Jazz Hounds "Crazy Blues" the first Blues Record. 

1930s Jazz


Kansas City and The Clouds of Joy

1940s Jazz


Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie

1950s Jazz


San Francisco, Oakland area, The Fillmore Jazz Scene

1960s Jazz


The Neville Brothers

1970s Jazz


The influencing of Disco

1980s Jazz


The Cross Over Era in Jazz 

1990s Jazz


Heading into a New Century and still kicking it Hard, over 100 years....

2000s Jazz


2019 and Forever Jazz


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