One of the longest-standing, best-known and highly-respected traditional jazz groups, The New Black Eagle Jazz Band returns to the Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend returns to the Berkshires after a three-year hiatus. Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2016, the band has dozens of recordings to its name, including a Grammy nomination. Of their prowess and creativity, the late N.Y. Time critic John S. Wilson wrote that the band is "So far ahead of other traditional bands...there is scarcely any basis for comparison."
In 2009, the Black Eagles teamed-up with famed guitarist Duke Robillard for a recording called “Nothing But the Blues.” After many years, they are reunited exclusively for the Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend.
Duke Robillard had his first band in high school, and he was fascinated from the beginning by the ways in which jazz, swing, and the blues were linked. In 1967, he formed Roomful of Blues, and the band was tight enough and tough enough to accompany two of its heroes, Big Joe Turner and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson on recordings and in live appearances. The Grammy-nominated guitarist won The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C.Handy Awards) for "Best Blues Guitarist" four times.
Their appearance is the final marquee event of the sixth annual Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend. The concert is at the Lee Meeting House, a.k.a. Lee Congregational Church, a stunning --both visually and acoustically-- performance space at 25 Park Place in downtown Lee. Advance tickets are $25; on the day of the event: $30.
The online box office is now closed; tickets are available at the door, starting at 7:15pm.