A version of the Dukes of Dixieland has existed ever since New Orleans brothers Fred (trombone) and Frank (trumpet) Assunto put together the group in 1949. The current lineup still performs on Bourbon Street, although Assunto family members are no longer involved. Fred died in 1964 and Frank in 1974.
The Dukes have recorded dozens of albums over the years, including several with Louis Armstrong. Their peak years were between 1956 and 1966 when they recorded for Audio Fidelity and Columbia.
The Dukes' Columbia recordings were enhanced by the presence of such stellar musicians as clarinetist Jerry Fuller and guitarist Herb Ellis. Both are pictured on the cover of Now Hear This, which was released in 1962. A sample track, taken from the vinyl album is available below.
When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
Now Hear This has never been released on CD and is not available as a download.
To close a vintage (c. 1959-60) clip of the Dukes playing Slide Frog Slide on a local Los Angeles TV show.