As he recounts in his memoir Song for My Fathers, Tom Sancton's mentoring in jazz came from legends like George Lewis at Preservation Hall. When Sancton went to Harvard University in the late 1960s, he didn't meet many other undergraduates interested in playing traditional New Orleans Jazz, but eventually he found older fans in the Boston area. He put together the Black Eagle Jazz Band, named for one of Lewis' early bands, and it became a regular feature at Passim's Coffee House in Cambridge. In 1971, the Black Eagles played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and got a record deal (album pictured) with Sire, which, Sancton notes, put out Madonna's first album. Sancton graduated and left Cambridge, but the band played on as the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. It still tours, and several members will return to New Orleans for the first local shows since 1971. They'll be joined by Shannon Powell, Lars Edegran and Jesse Boyd. — Will Coviello
April 7 & 10
Tom Sancton's Black Eagle Reunion Band
8 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday
Palm Court Jazz Cafe, 1206 Decatur St.
At French Quarter Festival
1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Sunday
600 block of Bourbon Street