The Commanders

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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The Commanders Discography Tracks

Albums

The Commanders, Eddie Grady The Commanders, Eddie Grady - Meet The Commanders (Album) Decca US 1954 Sell This Version
Warren Covington And The Commanders Warren Covington And The Commanders - Shall We Dance? (Album) Decca US 1956 Sell This Version
DL 8577 Warren Covington and The Commanders Warren Covington and The Commanders - Teenage Hop(LP) Decca DL 8577 US 1957 Sell This Version
VM1190 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
DL 8117 The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady - Dance Party(LP, Album) Decca DL 8117 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

20-567 The Commanders Lonesome Road(Shellac, 10") Modern Records (2) 20-567 US 1948 Sell This Version
Louis Armstrong And The Commanders Louis Armstrong And The Commanders - 'Zat You, Santa Claus? Decca US 1953 Sell This Version
The Commanders The Touch (Le Grisbi) Decca US 1953 Sell This Version
The Commanders Honey In The Horn / Swanee River Boogie Decca US 1953 Sell This Version
9-28848 The Commanders When I'm With You / Hors D'Oeuvre(7") Decca 9-28848 US 1953 Sell This Version
9-28779 The Commanders "O" (Oh!) / Meet The Brass(7") Decca 9-28779 US 1953 Sell This Version
9-28848 The Commanders When I'm With You / Hors D'Oeuvre(7", Single, Promo) Decca 9-28848 US 1953 Sell This Version
The Commanders Make Love To Me / Kentucky Boogie Brunswick UK 1954 Sell This Version
Louis Armstrong And The Commanders Louis Armstrong And The Commanders - Someday You'll Be Sorry / Muskrat Ramble (Single) Decca France 1954 Sell This Version
05300 The Commanders There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight / Cuddle Me(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 05300 UK 1954 Sell This Version
ED 2140 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
ED 2099 The Commanders Meet The Commanders(7", EP) Decca ED 2099 US 1954 Sell This Version
22 223 Die Commanders* Ich Wünsche Mir Ein Mädchen(7") Polydor 22 223 Germany 1954 Sell This Version
The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady - Birmin'ham / The Dixie Flyer Decca US 1955 Sell This Version
The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady The Commanders Featuring Eddie Grady - The Elephants Tango Decca US 1955 Sell This Version
The Commanders With Eddie Grady The Commanders With Eddie Grady - Cornball #1 / Camptown Boogie Decca US 1955 Sell This Version
10 030 EPB Louis Armstrong, Gary Crosby (2), The Commanders, Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires* Louis Armstrong, Gary Crosby (2), The Commanders, Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires* - Satchmo Sings(7", EP) Brunswick 10 030 EPB Germany 1955 Sell This Version
10037 EPB The Commanders Tanz Mit Den Commanders(7", EP) Brunswick 10037 EPB Germany 1955 Sell This Version
9-29485 The Commanders With Eddie Grady The Commanders With Eddie Grady - The Cat From Catalina / The Monster(7") Decca 9-29485 US 1955 Sell This Version
ED 2217 The Commanders featuring Eddie Grady The Commanders featuring Eddie Grady - Dance Party - Part 1(7", EP) Decca ED 2217 US 1955 Sell This Version

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