Big Bill Bissonnette

Big Bill Bissonnette was a strong advocate for New Orleans jazz as it was played by veteran black musicians. He started his own band (the Easy Riders Jazz Band), created his own label (Jazz Crusade), organized Northern tours for veteran players like Kid Thomas Valentine, George Lewis and Jim Robinson, and also ran his own label (the Jazz Crusade). After a time off the scene, Bissonnette returned to the scene with The Jazz Crusade (1992 memoirs) which features many stories about New Orleans musicians. Bissonnette, whose idol was Jim Robinson, is a somewhat primitive trombonist but he is a boisterous player who has a lot of spirit. Allmusic

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