[Dixielandjazz] Oldest Jazz Bands still playing

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 17:09:33 PDT 2009

> I'm with you, Ed, The Bobcats seem to be the oldest at 75, and still
> swinging.

But there's been a long break.  And even in the nineteen fifties, the
Bobcats had only sporadic reunions rather than playing continuously.
> There is also the Salty Dogs Jazz Band, founded in 1947 at Purdue
> University, which is still in playing today. Some personnel have changed,
> however drummer Wayne Jones has been with them since the beginning, pianist
> John Cooper has been there about 50 years, Tubist Mike Walbridge about 51
> years, Cornetist Lew Green for about 45 years, Banjoist Jack Kunci about 42
> years, trombonist Tom Bartlett about 42 years. Clarinetist Kim Cusack often
> plays with them, but I am not sure when he first did so.

Again, not quite a continuously working band.


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