Dukes of Dixieland
Formed in 1949 by trumpeter Frank Assunto (29 January 1922, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 25 February 1974, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA), and his trombonist brother Fred (b. 3 December 1929, Jennings, Louisiana, USA, d. 21 April 1966, Las Vegas Nevada, USA), the Dukes Of Dixieland got their start with band leader Horace Heidt in his Youth Opportunity Programme, which toured the USA from 1948-53. Returning to their home town they were resident at the Famous Door in the Crescent City for four years, building up a big reputation in person and on Roulette and Victor Records. At this time, when the original New Orleans musicians had either died or retired, the Dukes were hailed as authentic. True, they were capable enough, but no more so than any other revivalist band, including the British trad groups which proliferated in that era. However, they were fortunate both in having a contract with Audio-Fidelity Records, who recorded them with startling...