The Black Eagles, as they are often known to their fans, have been a fixture on the international jazz scene since 1971. The group has a mature mastery of this great American music- from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton to early Duke Ellington to Cole Porter; from blues to rags to popular songs of the era. They have performed in New Orleans, London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Toronto to name a few. In 2011 they opened the Newport Jazz Festival to a packed house. They have been featured in concert with many jazz legends including Doc Cheatham, “Kid” Thomas, Benny Waters, Odetta and Milt Hinton, and with symphony orchestras – the Boston Pops, the Scottish National Orchestra , the Baltimore Symphony to name a few.
The band has released over 40 recordings (including the Grammy-nominated “On the River”) and videos. Their music has been featured in Ken Burns’ documentaries and on NPR Radio.
“So far ahead of other traditional bands…there is scarcely any basis for comparison.” -John S. Wilson, NEW YORK TIMES
“Appearances by the New Black Eagles have become not only a New England tradition, but an international one as well.” -Bob Young, BOSTON HERALD