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The Commanders

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Jazz and Pop

The Commanders (aka The Commanders Big Band) was formed by drummer Eddie Grady and Tutti Camarata as a recording project and "road band". Eddie Grady was a child star drummer who moved through many bands before becoming an established studio session drummer. His studio experience led to the formation of The Commanders. The Commanders toured for the 3 years between 1954 to 1957, playing the major ballrooms from coast to coast. The original band had the 4 trombones in the front row. The second row consisted of 3 trumpets and two saxes (alto and a tenor who doubled on bass sax). The rhythm section were the drums, bass, piano and guitar. Commanders Big Band: TROMBONES Al Lorraine - Lead Porky Cohen - Jazz - Some lead too. (From Providence R.I.) Morty Trautmaun - - A little lead Felix Mayerhofer - A little lead TRUMPETS 1st - Unknown - I've got a mental block Willie Gillette - Jazz - He played some lead too. Mario Bonofidi - Split lead - From N.Y. SAXES Paul Gaglio - Alto - He was featured quite often. Lou Lindholm - Tenor and Bass Sax - He was also featured on record dates on the bass saxophone. RHYTHM Drums - Eddie Grady Bass - Rudy Berser (Later replaced by Jimmy Gannon) Piano - George Cooper Guitar - Griff Howe VOCALIST Lucia Roberts - She did a recording with the band ("All By Myself") Other Members (studio and tour) Al Klink (tenor, bass instrument); Carmen Mastren (guitar); Hymie Shertzer (saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Andrew Ferretti, Carle Poole, Billy Butterfield (trumpet); Bob Cutshall, Phil Giardina, Lou McGarrity, Jack Sarrerfield (trombone); Bernie Leighton (piano); Sandy Bloch, Bob Haggart (bass instrument);

        
Members
PortraitAl Klink
sax, ts 1915-1991 US
PortraitHymie Schertzer
sax, as 1909-1977
PortraitBernie Leighton
p 1921-1994 US
PortraitCutty Cutshall
tb 1911-1968 US
PortraitBilly Butterfield
tr 1917-1988 US
PortraitLou McGarity
tb 1917-1971 US
PortraitCarmen Mastren
g 1913-1981 US
PortraitTutti Camarata
tr 1913-2005 US
Carl Poole
tr
Jack Satterfield
tb US
Andy Ferretti
tr
PortraitEddie Grady
dr
Phil Giardina
tb US
Sandy Block
b 1917-1985 US
Popular Tracks   
'Zat You, Santa Claus? - Single Version on Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong
'Zat You, Santa Claus? - The Heavy Remix on Verve Remixed Christmas by Various Artists
Someday (You'll Be Sorry) on Satchmo Sings by Louis Armstrong
The Gypsy on Satchmo Sings by Louis Armstrong
Just You 'N' Me on The Sound of '70s - Vintage Greatest Hits by Various Artists
Try Me on Hoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm & Blues Revue by Various Artists
Go Back Down on Stones, Stooges and Spacemen by The Commanders
The Walls Came Tumbling Down (Joshua) on Walk With Me by The Commanders
Nancy on Rockabilly Wildfire by Various Artists
Walk With Me on Walk With Me by The Commanders

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Eddie Grady: Drums & Big BandEddie Grady With The Commanders2017Album
The Ultimate CollectionThe Commanders2012Album
The Commanders Big BandThe Commanders2004Album
The Proud One / The Touch (Le Grisbi)Fred Lowery, The Commanders1968Single
Teenage HopWarren Covington and The Commanders1957Album
Shall We Dance?Warren Covington And The Commanders1956Album
Cuddle MeThe Commanders1956Single
By MyselfThe Commanders With Eddie Grady1956Single
Satchmo SingsLouis Armstrong, Gary Crosby, The Commanders, The Jud Conlon Rhythmaires1955Single
A Foggy DayThe Commanders1955Single
Dance Party - Part 1The Commanders featuring Eddie Grady1955Single
Tanz Mit Den CommandersThe Commanders1955Single
The Elephants TangoThe Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady1955Single
Birmin'ham / The Dixie FlyerThe Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady1955Album
Cornball #1 / Camptown BoogieThe Commanders With Eddie Grady1955Single
The Cat From Catalina / The MonsterThe Commanders With Eddie Grady1955Single
Muskrat Ramble / Someday You'll Be SorryLouis Armstrong And His All-Stars / Louis Armstrong And The Commanders1955Single
There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight / Cuddle MeThe Commanders1954Album
Anyplace, Anytime, Anywhere / Lulu's Back In TownDon Cherry And The Commanders1954Single
Meet The Commanders - Volume 2The Commanders With Eddie Grady1954Single
Make Love To Me / Kentucky BoogieThe Commanders1954Album
Meet The CommandersThe Commanders1954Single
Meet The CommandersThe Commanders, Eddie Grady1954Album
Ich Wünsche Mir Ein MädchenThe Commanders1954Single
Make Love To MeThe Commanders1954Single
I Want A Little Girl/Davey Jones (At The Bottom Of The Sea)The Commanders1953Single
Kaw-Liga / My Heart Is A KingdomDolores Gray And The Commanders1953Album
"O" (Oh!) / Meet The BrassThe Commanders1953Album
The Touch (Le Grisbi)The Commanders1953Single
Kaw-Liga / My Heart Is A KingdomDolores Gray And The Commanders1953Album
Davey Jones / I Want A Little GirlThe Commanders1953Album
'Zat You, Santa Claus?Louis Armstrong And The Commanders1953Single
When I'm With You / Hors D'OeuvreThe Commanders1953Single
The Gipsy / I Can't Afford To Miss This DreamLouis Armstrong And The Commanders1951Album
Jim'ny Crickets / It’s A Wonderful WorldThe CommandersAlbum
The March Of The CommandersThe CommandersSingle
Jim'ny CricketsThe CommandersSingle
Marie / No Quiero Perderme Este SueñoLouis Armstrong Y The Mills Brothers Acomp. De The Sy Oliver Choir Y Sy Oliver And His Orchestra Y The CommandersSingle
Honey In The Horn / Swanee River BoogieThe CommandersAlbum
Dance Party Part 2The Commanders With Eddie GradySingle
Meet The Commanders - Volume 1The Commanders With Eddie GradySingle
Dance PartyThe Commanders Featuring Eddie GradyAlbum
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To all the music fans that are contributing on Discogs, MusicBrainz and Wikipedia. Thanks to Franz Flückiger for providing Storygram used to visualize band membership and together with Stefan Guggisberg for the visual data mining application ArtistAnalytics.
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