New Black Eagle Jazz Band flocks to Maudslay Arts Center | New


NEWBURYPORT — The New Black Eagle Jazz Band has been a fixture on the international jazz scene since 1971, bringing the sounds of traditional New Orleans jazz to audiences around the world.

From Symphony Hall in Singapore, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, or The Black Eagles as their fans call them, have been delighting audiences with their infectious and uplifting style of traditional New Orleans jazz for decades.

While paying homage to jazz greats – Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington – the group has developed its own eclectic sound, incorporating spirituals, popular music from the 1920s and 30s and even numbers from Elvis and Bob Dylan in their show.

But the band members consider themselves ‘Keepers of the Flame’ and vow to serve up traditional New Orleans jazz when they perform at 2pm Sunday at the Maudslay Arts Center, 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport.

Maudslay is not new territory for the Black Eagles. Last year’s show at the relaxing, low-key venue was a smash hit as music fans were stunned by the return of live performances amid the seemingly waning days of the pandemic.

Located in a scenic corner of 442-acre Maudslay State Park, the arts center is best known for its summer concert series which uses its natural amphitheater with quality acoustics to create a superb listening experience. When it officially opened in 1993, Maudslay was reportedly inspired by Tanglewood.

But Maudslay is much more than a concert hall, with its restored outbuildings including a chicken coop, pigsty and cowshed which come in handy in bad weather, whether for a concert, wedding or meeting. . The greenery, park-like setting, historic buildings, easy access, comfy chairs, and dedicated volunteers make this a great outing no matter who’s on stage.

Last year’s appearance at the arts center by the Black Eagles came with an added bonus as guitar legend Duke Robillard, a two-time Grammy-nominated blues master, sat with the band.

Widely recognized as one of the best traditional jazz bands in the world, the Black Eagles play in all sorts of venues – from intimate pubs to huge concert halls and leafy parks.

The Black Eagles have been featured at some of music’s most prestigious jazz festivals including Newport, Kool, JVC, Tanglewood, Edinburgh and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festivals.

The group has also appeared in concerts accompanied by symphony orchestras – the Scottish National Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Boston Pops, among others.

With a Grammy nomination to their credit, a vast repertoire, inspiring musicians and a highly entertaining stage manner, it’s no wonder The New York Times noted that the Black Eagles are “so far ahead of the rest traditional bands… is hardly a basis for comparison.



Sunday July 10, 2 p.m.

The Maudslay Arts Center

95 Curzon Mill Road



DUTY: The group will celebrate its 51st birthday on September 30.

RISING TIDE: The New Black Eagle Jazz Band’s first concert took place aboard the Peter Stuyvesant, a boat moored alongside the Pier Four restaurant in Boston Harbor. The date was September 30, 1971.

JUGBAND FOR CHILDREN: The adaptation of “Peter and the Wolf” by bandleader Billy Novick, with narration by Dave Van Ronk, premiered at Lincoln Center in New York.

STICKER COUNTER: Shortly after forming, the band took up residence at the Stickey Wicket Pub in Hopkinton, Mass., and remained there for years.

CONTROL PERFORMANCE: Herb Gardner, pianist, co-frontman of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, playing for George Bush’s inauguration, Bill Clinton’s Victory Party and other high society affairs.

BIG BIRD: Bassist Jesse Williams, with two Grammy nominations, appeared on the television show Sesame Street.


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