'Keepers of the Flame'.
They've been "Keepers of the Flame'' since 1971 -- the cool flame of the uplifting and soulful music of traditional New Orleans jazz. The New Black Eagle Jazz Band has brought that music all over the world for 44 years while being based in New England. They will be at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester, at noon Nov. 26 for an appearance as part of the current Brown Bag Concert Series.
Besides its ever-popular concerts, the band has over 40 recordings (including the Grammy-nominated "On the River'') and videos. Its music has been featured in Ken Burns' documentaries and on NPR Radio, and the band has been a guest on "The Prairie Home Companion'' show. The band also likes to fan the flames as its repertoire includes arrangements, in traditional style, of Rags, spirituals and gospel music, pop tunes from the start of the 20th century to the 1960s, blues and original pieces by band members. The free Brown Bag concerts, a tradition for over 30 years, are produced by Mechanics Hall and radio station WICN-FM (90.5). (Richard Duckett)