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date: 22 September 2020

Olympia Brass Bandlocked

  • William J. Schafer
  •  and Barry Kernfeld

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New Orleans group founded in March 1962 by Harold Dejan, who over the previous several years had begun leading a brass band, the Eureka Number Two, to take on jobs when the Eureka Brass Band was overbooked. The Olympia Brass Band performed and recorded frequently in New Orleans with a typical instrumentation of three trumpets, two trombones, two saxophones, tuba, snare drum, and bass drum, although it toured and made recordings in Europe (including Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band in Europe, 1968, 77 LEU31) as a smaller ensemble. Its regular sidemen included the trumpeters Andy Anderson (i), Milton Batiste, and Kid Sheik Cola, the trombonists Paul Crawford and Gerald Joseph, the tenor saxophonist Eman-uel Paul, the snare drummer Andrew Jefferson, and the bass drummers John Smith, Henry “Booker T” Glass, and Glass’s son Nowell “Papa” Glass. Cag Cagnolatti, Kid Thomas Valentine, Louis Nelson, Louis Cottrell, Jr., Cié Frazier, and Emanuel Sayles were also among those who played with the group. The Olympia Brass Band became closely associated with Preservation Hall: some of its members played there on Sundays, while until his death in ...

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