The Olympia Brass Band performed on and off from 1900 to 1915i1
From this musicians it’s known that they played in the Brass Band:
|Cornet/trumpet||Freddie Keppard (1e cnt), Joe “King” Oliver (2e cnt), Bunk Johnsoni2, Louis Armstrong|
|Trombone||Zue Robertson, Eddie Atkins|
|Clarinet||Alphonse Picou (Original member 10), “Big eye” Louis Nelson DesLile, Sidney Bechet, Lorenzo Tio jr.|
|Snare drum||“Ratty” “Old man” John Vean (Original member 10),|
The Olympia Brass Band existed on and off from 1900 to 1915 led by cornetist Freddie Keppard, with Joe Oliver playing second cornet and Alphonse Picou, Sidney Bechet, and Lorenzo Tio on clarinets. Oscar “Papa” Celestin formed the Original Tuxedo Orchestra in 1910. Keppard later led the Original Creole Band, while Joe Oliver worked for trombonist Kid Ory in his Brownskin Band. When Oliver left for Chicago, as Keppard had done, Louis Armstrong replaced him on cornet, There were probably a hundred of these seminal groups, and their players seemed infinitely interchangeable. All of them understood the basic premise of the music: collective improvisation.i3
Around the turn of the century, when the great Buddy Bolden was the king of New Orleans jazz, the legendary musician played his cornet all over town: Rampart and Perdido streets, Uptown, the lakefront and across the river. i4
Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band
Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band performed from about 1960 until –
Author Mick Burns wrote in 2001 a book about Harold Dejan´s brass band called “the great Olympia Band”.
1966, April 2:
Olympia brass band played at the funeral of Avery Kid Howard.
(Notes from a diary by Jim Finch (See New Orleans Music Vol 15 no 6)