Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

The Young Tuxedo Brass Band is a brass band from New Orleans that was active after World War II.

The Young Tuxedo Brass Band was founded in 1938 by John Casimir. Its name is a nod to the Tuxedo Brass Band of Papa Celestin, an ensemble in New Orleans in the 1910s and 1920s. The ensemble generally held between nine and eleven players, with two trumpets, two trombones, two reeds, a sousaphone or tuba, a snare drum, and a bass drum. Their first record was issued in 1958 on Atlantic Records, and featured Paul Barbarin on drums; other personnel included Andy Anderson and John Brunious on trumpet, Clement Tervalon, Eddie Pierson, and Jim Robinson on trombone, reedists Herman Sherman and Andrew Morgan, Wilbert "Bird" Tillman, sousaphone, and drummer Emile Knox.

In 1963 Wilbert Tilman, the group's founding sousaphonist and Casimir's cousin, took control of the group, but retired later that year due to poor health; Andrew Morgan took over until his death in 1972. Following this Herman Sherman became the group's leader until his death in 1984. During Sherman's tenure, they appeared at the 1976 Smithsonian Folklife Festival to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States in Washington D. C. and again in 1985 when the Festival featured a program on Louisiana. They appeared at the White House on Father's Day, 1978 for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival.

The band recorded with former Beatle Paul McCartney in New Orleans in 1975. In 1983, they recorded Jazz Continues on 504 Records of England which was a sequel to the Atlantic recording Jazz Begins. This featured Herman Sherman, alto sax, Joseph Torregano, tenor sax, Michael White, clarinet, John Simmons,trumpet, Joshua "Jack" Willis, cornet and mellophone; Gregory Stafford, clarinet, Lawrence Trotter, snare drum, Charles Barbarin (nephew of the great Paul Barbarin) bass drum; Walter Payton, sousaphone, Lester Caliste and Clement Tervalon, trombones. Herman Sherman and Clement Tervalon were both on the original 1958 recording.

The band has been under the leadership of Gregg Stafford since Sherman's death in 1984 and is one of the last traditional New Orleans Brass Band playing the hymns, dirges, and songs of the brass repertoire.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W142014 10-in. 4/13/1926 I'm satisfied you love me Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia W142015 10-in. 4/13/1926 My Josephine Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra ; Charles Gills Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W142016 10-in. 4/13/1926 Station calls Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia W142017 10-in. 4/13/1926 Give me some more Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia W143953 10-in. 4/11/1927 Dear Almanzoer Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia W143954 10-in. 4/11/1927 Papa's got the jim jams Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra ; Abby Foster Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W143955 10-in. 4/11/1927 As you like it Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia W143956 10-in. 4/11/1927 Just for you, dear, I'm crying Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra ; Ferdinand Joseph Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W145018 10-in. 10/25/1927 When I'm with you Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia W145019 10-in. 10/25/1927 It's jam up Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia W147632 10-in. 12/13/1928 The sweetheart of T.K.O. Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W147633 10-in. 12/13/1928 Ta-ta daddy Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh 8906 10-in. 1/23/1925 Original tuxedo rag Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh 8907 10-in. 1/23/1925 Careless love Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh 8908 10-in. 1/23/1925 Black rag Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra," accessed October 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111019.

Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111019.

"Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 October 2020.

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