The Dukes of Dixieland

The Dukes of Dixieland was a New Orleans dixieland revival band formed in 1948 by brothers Frank Assunto, trumpet; Fred Assunto, trombone; and their father Papa Jac Assunto, trombone and banjo. Their first records featured Jack Maheu, clarinet; Stanley Mendelsohn, piano; Tommy Rundell, drums; and Barney Mallon, tuba and string bass. During its run the band also featured musicians such as Pete Fountain, Jerry Fuller, Jim Hall, Herb Ellis and Gene Schroeder.

The Dukes of Dixieland were featured on the first stereo record, released November 1957, on the Audio Fidelity label.

Fred and Frank Assunto both died young and the Dukes of Dixieland disbanded in the early 1970's. In 1985 a different group of musicians took on the name and played at Hollywood gatherings. That incarnation featuring musicians like Frank Trapani, Everett Link, Phamons Lambert and Frank Hooks. [cite book
last = Carr
first = Ian
coauthors = Digby Fairweather, Brian Priestley
title = Jazz: The Rough Guide
publisher = The Rough Guides
date = 1995
pages = p. 617
month =
isbn = 1-8582-8137-7
]

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