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Ron L'Herault
The opening act at this summer's Newport Jazz Festival was a joyous performance by the not-so-new New Black Eagle Jazz Band, featuring Stan Vincent '57, below, on trombone. Vincent, seventy-three, and his bandmates describe themselves as "keepers of the flame," and they've been playing old-time New Orleans and Chicago style jazz since 1971. Still, this was their first gig at Newport, and they played a rousing set of classics by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and other giants. This fall, the Black Eagles celebrated their fortieth anniversary with a September 18 concert in Stow, Massachusetts. For more information, go to blackeagles.com. You can download the Black Eagles' Newport show podcast at npr.org.