"Two different approaches to the music of Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton were used by the two groups who played their music on a program called "New Orleans to Chicago" on Monday at the Equitable Auditorium as part of the JVC Jazz Festival...

The cornetists in each group had a crucial role since they were playing parts created by Louis Armstrong. Peter Ecklund, the cornetist in the Sancton group, rose brilliantly to the daunting challenge of playing, one after the other, four of Armstrong's most celebrated solos—"West End Blues," "Cornet Chop Suey," "Wild Man Blues" and "Potato Head Blues." Tony Pringle, the cornetist and leader of the Black Eagles, filled his Armstrong roles with less virtuoso emphasis, sharing that aspect with the Black Eagles clarinetist, Billy Novick, and the sousaphone player, Eli Newburger, who gave rugged, eruptive solidity to the band's rhythm section.

The two bands were supplemented by a pair of individual views of Armstrong and Morton. Danny Barker, the 82-year-old guitarist, banjo player and singer who grew up in New Orleans, knew Armstrong and Morton when they were playing there and offered some reminiscences of them, while Bob Greene, a New Yorker who is a Morton specialist, played several Morton piano solos including Morton's demonstration of how he transformed a quadrille into "Tiger Rag."

— John S. Wilson, The New York Times, June 1991