The original Tuxedo Brass Band performed from about 1917 8-28 until 1938.
The Young Tuxedo Brass Band functioning from 1938 until today.
The band was the house band and named after de Tuxedo Dance Hall (North Franklin Street) in New Orleans. In 1913 the dance hall closed after a gunfight, killing the owner of the hall Billy Phillips.
The Original Tuxedo Brass Band played in uniforms resembling those of the Prussin military. 8,p175
From this musicians it’s known that they played in the Original Tuxedo Brass Band:
|Cornet/trumpet||Oscar “Papa” Celestin (from the start – 1925), Sidney Desvigne (from the start), Hypolite Charles (from the start), Willie Edwards (regular in the early days), Willie Pajeaud (1919 – ), Amos White (1919 – ), Peter Bocage (1918/19 – early 1920s), Manuel Perez, Mutt Carey, Louis Dumaine (sometime before 1925 – ), Alcide Al “Big” Landry, Charlie Love (early 1920s – ), Joe Howard, Louis Armstrong (1921 – 1922 he replaced Desvigne) 8-28, DeeDee Pierce, Maurice Durand (1925 – ), Louis “Kid Shots” Madison (about 1922 – ), George McCullum jr (early 1930s – ), Wallace Davenport (1938 – ), Ricard Alexis (from the start), Buddy Petit ( – ), Mutt Carey ( – ), Lee Collins16,p29 ( – ), Arnold Metoyer, Louuis Armstrong (Aug 1921 – )|
|Trombone||William Bebé Ridgley (co-founder)8,p103, Charles “Sunny” Henry (from the start – 1935), August Rousseau or Roussel (replaced Ridgley), Harrison Barnes, Albert ” Loochie” Jackson (1920 – ), Buddy Johnson, Arthur “Yank” Johnson, Hamilton “Hamp” Benson, Eddie Atkins (late 1916/1917 – ), Jim Robinson, Roy Palmer, Eddie Pierson|
|Clarinet||Lorenzo Tio jr. (Eb)(from the start) 8,p174/175, Luis Tio (late 1880s – ) 8,p175, Joseph “Joe” Watson (Eb) ( – 1925? when he died), John Casimir (Eb) (1925? – he replaced Watson), Johnny Dodds, Alphonse Picoui1 – 8,p29, Sam Dutrey sr., Lorenzo Tio sr., Jimmie Noone, Paul Barnes (1920 – 1927)16|
|Bariton horn||George Hooker (from the start), Adolphe “Tats”Alexander jr. (1920s ), John Porter (replaced at some stage Alexander), George Sims|
|Alto horn||Isidore Barbarin (from the start), Louis Keppard|
|Bass horn||Joe Howard (from the start)|
|Tuba||Eddie Jackson (from the start – 1938), Sidney “Little Jim” Brown|
|Snare drum||Henry Zeno (from the start – 1917), Abby “Chinee” Foster (replaced Zeno after his dead in 1917 – 1922), Alfred Williams, Christopher “Black Happy” Goldston (1922 – replaced Foster), (Ramos) Remus “Brown Happy” Mathews (late 1920s/early 1930s – ), Henry Martin, Zutty Singleton (191616 – ), Louis Cottrell sr., Bat Moseley (late 1920s/early 1930s – ), Shanon Powel|
|Bass drum||Ernest Trepagnier (from the start – 192816), “Black Benny” Williams (occasionally replacing Trapagnier in the early 1920s -), Jim Mukes (1921/1922 replaced Trapagnier – ), Edgar Moseley (late 1920s/early 1930s – ).|
|Leader||Oscar “Papa” Celestin (former – 1925) and William Bebé Ridgley co former 8,p28, Amos White (when Celestin couldn’t make the job), Louis Dumaine (1925 – late 1920s musical), Eddie Jackson (late 1920s – 1938 manager)|
Manuel Manetta has played with them, but on which instrument?
The Tuxedo Brass Band dominated the brass band scene in New Orleans from about the end of WW I. They mixed the music of the early heavy music (arranged marches and played as written dirges) and more improvised music, played by ear.
The Tuxedo Brass Band started playing popular tunes on the street. According to Louis Dumaine the Tuxedo was the first band on the street to play “sacred songs”.
Alphonse Picou´s piccolo solo on “High Society” was first devised while with the Tuxedo Brass Band and is possibly based a bit on a George Baquet idea.1
William “Bebé” Ridgley said the Tuxedo Brass Band started in this year, at the time Manuel Perez temporarily disbanded the Onward. They (Celestin and Ridgley) hired a number of musicians from the Onward.
William Ridgley said the Tuxedo played on Henry Zeno’s funeral.