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Most of the Dukes of Dixieland's many Audiofidelity LPs find the group playing songs that fit a certain concept or theme. In this case (their eighth of 12 volumes for the label), the Dukes perform a dozen songs associated with colleges, including "Roll On Tulane," "Fight On, Ohio," "The Whiffenpoof Song," "Varsity Drag" and "Buckle Down, Winsocki." Some of the tunes are stronger than others, and the concept runs a bit thin in spots, but the band (a very consistent outfit) plays quite well, as usual. Trumpeter Frank Assunto, trombonist Fred Assunto, clarinetist Jack Maheu and pianist Stanley Mendelson are the main soloists.

Biography

Formed: 1949

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The story of the Dukes of Dixieland is, in fact, a chapter in the broader saga of one of New Orleans' many musical dynasties, that of the Assunto family, which can boast at least three generations of musicians to its credit. Jac Assunto was one of the first jazzmen to record in New Orleans, documented in 1925 by Ralph Peer as a member of the Midnight Serenaders. The Dukes were formed by his two sons, Freddie and Frank, in 1949, and during the '50s they rose to national prominence, first as a feature...
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