1940 local bands in New Orleans

a partial list

1940 local bands of African Americans working in New Orleans

A partial list based on a survey of the Louisiana Weekly

April 20, 1940 Louisiana Weekly

Don Albert & his Famous Orchestra

Andrew Anderson’s Pelican State Orchestra

Paul Barbarin Orchestra

Boots & His Buddies

Henry Casanave’s Buddies

Sidney Cato’s Moonlight Serenaders

Papa Celestin

Papa Celestin’s Orchestra / Tuxedo Orchestra

Cool Breezes

Harold Dejan’s Orchestra

Sydney Desvigne’s Orchestra / Southern Syncopators /  Sydney’s Moonlight Serenaders

Henry Horton’s Orchestra / Rhythm Club Orchestra

Avery / Kid Howard’s Orchestra

Thomas Jefferson & his Savoy 8

Clyde Kerr’s Orchestra / Tick Tock Orchestra

Thomy Lafon band, Prof Valmore Victor, director

Leary’s Society Syncopators

Louisiana Swing Masters

Bill Phillip’s Rhythm Aces

Walter “Fats” Pichon’s Orchestra

Joe Pleasant. Courtesy of Hogan Jazz Archives, Tulane University, New Orleans

Smilin’ Joe Pleasant / Little Joe & Flashy Clouds of Rhythm

Don Raymond’s Orchestra

Joe Robichaux’s Orchestra

Snow Hill Harmony Syncopators

Sextette Swing Band

Tea Room Swingsters

[Valmore] Victor’s Orchestra / Music Masters

George Williams’ Orchestra / Swingsters


Louisiana Weekly April 20, 1940

–December 3, 2023