Tuxedo Classic Jazz Band

Tuxedo Classic Jazz Band played “traditional jazz”¯ (trad) from the Lu Watters Book. The Lou Watters Yerba Buena Jazz Band carefully re-constructed the recordings of King Oliver (mid 1920’s) introducing the two cornet precedent set when Louis Armstrong joined Oliver in 1922. The TCJB, like the Watters Band, emphasized ensemble playing focusing on the hot tunes of the period from 1900 to the 1930’s.

Tuxedo Classic Jazz Band was started in 1976 with charts from Lu Watters Yerba Buena Jazz Band. The band played “trad”, which means traditional jazz from the 1920’s. Some of the tunes might not be familiar to those who are not familiar with trad - such obscure titles as “King Chanticleer”, “Sage Hen Strut”¯, “Chimes Blues”, “Georgia BoBo”¯ and “Yerba Buena Strut”¯. But ones like “Bill Bailey”¯ and “Limehouse Blues” are recognizable to most.

Some of the places the band played are the Camden, Maine Jazz Festival, New England Aquarium in Boston, Brown Bag Concert at Mechanics Hall as well as other frequent engagements at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, weekly stints for two years at the Sticky Wicket Pub in Hopkington, Anna Maria College in Paxton, Wayside Inn in Sudbury, and band concerts, private parties and corporate functions throughout New England.

Tuxedo Classic Jazz Band ceased to exist after Bud Trow died.