reactions Big Easy big bands

After his Jimmie Lunceford biography, the writer once more has filled an existing gap in jazz science, and he has to be commended for that. (

The contents is fascinating, epoch-making even. (“Blues Professor” Dr. Guido van Rijn)

The book Big Easy Big Bands - Dawn and Rise of the Jazz Orchestra will be labelled as a standard in New Orleans music history and it feels great ( and a bit chauvinistic - I know),  that a Dutchman did the research. 

This is a fascinating text on a topic that has been a blind spot within the literature of jazz studies. (Dr. Bruce Boyd Raeburn, curator, Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University, New Orleans)

This book, finger-licking stuff for historians, music fans, and other interested parties, is self-published. (

Well-substantiated and well-researched! (Adam Olivier, trumpet player and leader of the La Vida Jazz Band and the Silver Leaf Brass Band)

His book Back Beat was about rhythm & blues from the years around WW 2 (…) for his Jimmie Lunceford saga Rhythm is our Business he went back even further, and this time he focuses on the influential big bands that flourished in New Orleans, but were painfully overlooked in the authoritative jazz books. (Jazz Bulletin)

A must-have for all serious lovers of this untold part in jazz history (

These bands didn’t leave any recordings, and are finally put in the limelight by Eddy Determeyer, who relates this untold story at last (

He was also very pleased that your research was so detailed and that his contribution was so accurately documented. (C. Vernon Francis, son-in-law of Arnold DePass, trumpet player and member of the Dooky Chase Orchestra and Joe Jones and his Re Bop Orchestra)

Author and publisher Eddy Determeyer states that he has focused on the most important big bands, but those are portrayed in a beautiful way and when possible illustrated as well (Jazzmozaiek)

Determeyer’s research, from Congo Square to hard bop, shows that there was much more going on: picnics at Milneburg, steamboats and minstrel shows, Sam Morgan’s band, the excursion boats — with Fate Marable in charge (including drummer Monk Hazel’s account of a cutting contest between Emmett Hardy and young Louis (where Louis is reputed to have said, “You is the king!). (

Eddy Determeyer has gone back to interviews (many of them his own),
press reports and other historical evidence, to create chapters telling the
stories of the New Orleans big bands, from the days of the white Papa
Jack Laine and the African-American John Robichaux, making the
transition from ragtime to ‘jass’, through to Wardell Quezergue, bringing
in da funk. (Blues & Rhythm)
This book has been needed for many years (Jazz Journal)

A splendid book (Doctor Jazz Magazine)

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