Guide to the New Black Eagle Jazz Band Collection, 1971-2016
Collection number: MC 299
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
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
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 , the Baltimore
Symphony to name a few.”
About the New Black Eagle Jazz Band Collection, 1971-2016
The New Black Eagle Jazz Band (NBEJB) CSollection 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. There is one box of papers related
to two lawsuits brought against the band by former members. A small amount of
written music and chord charts are included, as well as hundreds of unprocessed
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.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[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.
Gift of the creators, 2016
The bulk of the collection's newspaper clippings were separated for preservation
reasons. A representitive sample was photocopied.
Collection is in an artificially imposed chronological order.
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: Lawsuit Materials, 1983-2002
(0.5 cu. ft.)
BOX 4: Materials related to the cases of Stanley McDonald vs. The New Black Eagle Jazz Band (1983) and Eli H. Newberger vs. Bullis et. al. (2002). Both lawsuits involved former members of the NBEJB suing the band over membership, image use infringement, recording compensation, and similar issues. A variety of memos, legal paperwork, and settlement negotiations are enclosed.
Series 6: 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 7: Audio Recordings, 1971-2016
(10 cu. ft.)
This series contains 10 boxes of unprocessed audio recordings from 1971-2016. They are unprocessed at this time. Please contact Special Collections staff with any questions.