The Commanders

Profile:
The Commanders (aka The Commanders Big Band) was formed by drummer Eddie Grady and Tutti Camarata as a recording project and "road band". Eddie Grady was a child star drummer who moved through many bands before becoming an established studio session drummer. His studio experience led to the formation of The Commanders.
The Commanders toured for the 3 years between 1954 to 1957, playing the major ballrooms from coast to coast.

The original band had the 4 trombones in the front row. The second row consisted of 3 trumpets and two saxes (alto and a tenor who doubled on bass sax). The rhythm section were the drums, bass, piano and guitar.

Commanders Big Band:

TROMBONES
Al Lorraine - Lead
Porky Cohen - Jazz - Some lead too. (From Providence R.I.)
Morty Trautmaun - - A little lead
Felix Mayerhofer - A little lead

TRUMPETS
1st - Unknown - I've got a mental block
Willie Gillette - Jazz - He played some lead too.
Mario Bonofidi - Split lead - From N.Y.

SAXES
Paul Gaglio - Alto - He was featured quite often.
Lou Lindholm - Tenor and Bass Sax - He was also featured on record dates on the bass saxophone.

RHYTHM
Drums - Eddie Grady
Bass - Rudy Berser (Later replaced by Jimmy Gannon)
Piano - George Cooper
Guitar - Griff Howe

VOCALIST
Lucia Roberts - She did a recording with the band ("All By Myself")

Other Members (studio and tour)

Al Klink (tenor, bass instrument);
Carmen Mastren (guitar);
Hymie Shertzer (saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone);
Andrew Ferretti, Carle Poole, Billy Butterfield (trumpet); Bob Cutshall, Phil Giardina, Lou McGarrity, Jack Sarrerfield (trombone);
Bernie Leighton (piano);
Sandy Bloch, Bob Haggart (bass instrument);
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Albums

DL 5525 Meet The Commanders — The Commanders The Commanders, Eddie Grady The Commanders, Eddie Grady - Meet The Commanders (Album) Decca DL 5525 US 1954 Sell This Version
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DL 8117 Dance Party — The Commanders The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady - Dance Party (Album) Decca DL 8117 US 1955 Sell This Version
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DL 8408 Shall We Dance? — The Commanders Warren Covington And The Commanders Warren Covington And The Commanders - Shall We Dance? (Album) Decca DL 8408 US 1956 Sell This Version
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DL 8577 Teenage Hop — The Commanders Warren Covington And The Commanders Warren Covington And The Commanders - Teenage Hop(LP) Decca DL 8577 US 1957 Sell This Version
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MONTCD013 The Commanders Big Band — The Commanders The Commanders The Commanders Big Band(CD, Album) Montpellier Records MONTCD013 UK 2004 Sell This Version
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VM1190 Eddie Grady: Drums & Big Band — The Commanders Eddie Grady With The Commanders Eddie Grady With The Commanders - Eddie Grady: Drums & Big Band(CD, Album, RM) Calle Mayor VM1190 Spain 2017 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

9-29209 The March Of The Commanders — The Commanders The Commanders The March Of The Commanders (Single) Decca 9-29209 US 1953 Sell This Version
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28582 Kaw-Liga / My Heart Is A Kingdom	 — The Commanders Dolores Gray And The Commanders Dolores Gray And The Commanders - Kaw-Liga / My Heart Is A Kingdom Decca 28582 US 1953 Sell This Version
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9-28659 Honey In The Horn / Swanee River Boogie — The Commanders The Commanders Honey In The Horn / Swanee River Boogie Decca 9-28659 US 1953 Sell This Version
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9-28848 When I'm With You / Hors D'Oeuvre — The Commanders The Commanders When I'm With You / Hors D'Oeuvre (Single) Decca 9-28848 US 1953 Sell This Version
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9-28779 The Commanders "O" (Oh!) / Meet The Brass Decca 9-28779 US 1953 Sell This Version
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9-29246 The Touch (Le Grisbi) — The Commanders The Commanders The Touch (Le Grisbi) (Single) Decca 9-29246 US 1953 Sell This Version
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28943 'Zat You, Santa Claus? — The Commanders Louis Armstrong And The Commanders Louis Armstrong And The Commanders - 'Zat You, Santa Claus? Decca 28943 US 1953 Sell This Version
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28966 I Want A Little Girl/Davey Jones (At The Bottom Of The Sea) — The Commanders The Commanders I Want A Little Girl/Davey Jones (At The Bottom Of The Sea) (Single) Decca 28966 US 1953 Sell This Version
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29142 Anyplace, Anytime, Anywhere / Lulu's Back In Town — The Commanders Don Cherry (2) And The Commanders Don Cherry (2) And The Commanders - Anyplace, Anytime, Anywhere / Lulu's Back In Town Decca 29142 US 1954 Sell This Version
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9-29048 Make Love To Me — The Commanders The Commanders Make Love To Me Decca 9-29048 US 1954 Sell This Version
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05300 There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight / Cuddle Me — The Commanders The Commanders There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight / Cuddle Me(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 05300 UK 1954 Sell This Version
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ED 2140 Meet The Commanders Volume 2 — The Commanders The Commanders With Eddie Grady The Commanders With Eddie Grady - Meet The Commanders Volume 2(7", EP) Decca ED 2140 US 1954 Sell This Version
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ED 2099 Meet The Commanders — The Commanders The Commanders Meet The Commanders(7", EP) Decca ED 2099 US 1954 Sell This Version
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22 223 Ich Wünsche Mir Ein Mädchen — The Commanders Die Commanders* Ich Wünsche Mir Ein Mädchen(7") Polydor 22 223 Germany 1954 Sell This Version
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10 030 EPB Satchmo Sings — The Commanders Louis Armstrong, Gary Crosby (2), The Commanders, Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires* Louis Armstrong, Gary Crosby (2), The Commanders, Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires* - Satchmo Sings (EP) Brunswick 10 030 EPB Germany 1955 Sell This Version
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9-29456 Cornball #1 / Camptown Boogie — The Commanders The Commanders With Eddie Grady The Commanders With Eddie Grady - Cornball #1 / Camptown Boogie (Single) Decca 9-29456 US 1955 Sell This Version
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9-29630 A Foggy Day / The Bat — The Commanders The Commanders A Foggy Day / The Bat (Single) Decca 9-29630 US 1955 Sell This Version
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29652 The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady - Birmin'ham / The Dixie Flyer Decca 29652 US 1955 Sell This Version
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9-29323 The Elephants Tango — The Commanders The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady - The Elephants Tango Decca 9-29323 US 1955 Sell This Version