Guide to the New Black Eagle Jazz Band Collection, 1971-2016

Collection number: MC 299 [Stored Offsite]
Size: (14 containers) (15 cu.ft.)

About the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, 1971-Present

The New Black Eagle Jazz Band (NBEJB) was formed in 1971 and has been a fixture of the traditional jazz scene since. The original members were Tony Pringle (cornet), Stan McDonald (clarinet/sop. Saxophone), Stan Vincent (trombone), Eli Newberger (piano/tuba), Bob Pilsbury (piano), Peter Bullis (banjo), and Cornelis “Pam” Pameijer (drums). The band became a fixture of the Thursday nights at the Sticky Wicket Pub in Hopkinton, MA, as well as touring within the US and throughout Europe.

During the early 1980s, Stan McDonald was replaced by Billy Novick. Eli Newberger was likewise replaced in ca. 2002, and the band now uses string basses rather than a tuba.

The NBEJB has made over 40 recordings, many of which have remained at the top of selling charts and earned them a Grammy nomination. The current band brochure notes, “Many observers regard [the NBEJB] as the premier band playing in the traditional jazz style; they do regard themselves as the ‘Keepers of the Flame’. […] The band has performed extensively all across North America, and has toured throughout Europe countless times. They have performed in New Orleans, London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Toronto to name a few. In 2011 they opened the Newport Jazz Festival to a packed house. They have been featured in concert with many jazz legends including Doc Cheatham, "Kid" Thomas, Benny Waters, Odetta and Milt Hinton, and with symphony orchestras - the Boston Pops, the Scottish National Orchestra, [and] the Baltimore Symphony to name a few.”

About the New Black Eagle Jazz Band Collection, 1971-2016

The New Black Eagle Jazz Band (NBEJB) Collection contains extensive documentation of the band’s concerts, recordings, and tours from 1971-2016. External promotional materials, reviews, photographs, and concert paraphernalia are balanced by internal contracts, schedules, memos, and correspondence. A small amount of written music and chord charts are included, as well as hundreds of unprocessed audio recordings.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

This collection is housed in the Library Storage Building; access requires 48 hours’ notice. Please contact the Special Collections staff prior to visiting the library.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], New Black Eagle Jazz Band Collection, 1971-2016, MC 299, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Gift of the creators, 2016

Separated Material

1 cubic foot of legal materials (the former Series 5/Box 5) was separated and returned to the donor. The bulk of the collection's newspaper clippings were separated for preservation reasons. A representitive sample was photocopied.

Collection Arrangement

Collection is in an artificially imposed chronological order.

Collection Contents

Series 1: Promotional and Concert Materials, 1972-2016

(1 cu. ft.)

BOX 1: Correspondence, posters, newspaper articles, fliers, and other public and semi-public materials related to NBEJB concerts, recordings, and tours. Promotional photos are identified by year and included in this series. Materials are foldered by year.

Series 2: Internal Contracts and Schedules, 1971-2013

(1.66 cu. ft.)

BOX 2-3: Performance contracts, schedules, internal band minutes and memos, correspondence, a tax audit, tour materials, and related papers resulting from the internal organization of the band.

Series 3: Photos and Correspondence, 1971-2016

(0.22 cu. ft.)

BOX 3: A small number of photos of band performances (formal promotional photos are included in Series 1). Also in this series is two folders of misc. correspondence dated 1971-2016, two folders of newspaper articles and reviews of recordings, and concert posters.

Series 4: Music Materials, 1971-2016

(0.11 cu. ft.)

BOX 3: Several folders containing the New Black Eagle Jazz Band Chord Book, miscellanies chord charts, and written set lists from various performances.

Series 5: Oversize Materials, 1971-2016

(0.5 cu. ft.)

OVERSIZE BOX 1: Concert posters, drawings of band members, oversize promotional photographs, a small amount of memorabilia, and a copy of Max Morath’s “The New Black Eagle Buck (Rag for Band)”.

Series 6: Audio Recordings, 1971-2016

(10 cu. ft.)

This series contains 10 boxes of audio recordings from 1971-2016. They are unprocessed at this time. Please contact Special Collections staff with any questions.