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Jimmie Lunceford

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: July 6, 1902 | Died: July 12, 1947    

Jimmie Lunceford

Jimmie Lunceford led what many consider to be the best swing orchestra of the 1930s. Flashy and talented, Lunceford's band was without a doubt the most entertaining of its day. No one who saw it in performance could ignore the group's infectious attitude and enthusiastic presence. Many of the era's top bandleaders openly borrowed from Lunceford's showmanship.

Lunceford spent his formative years in Denver, Colorado, where he studied music under Paul Whiteman's father and in 1922 played saxophone with George Morrison's orchestra at the Empress Theatre. In 1926 he earned a bachelor's degree from Fisk University in Nashville. Lunceford also attended the City College in New York. During school breaks he performed with such artists as Wilbur Sweatman, Elmer Snowden, John C. Smith, and Deacon Jones....
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Source: James Nadal

  • Jimmie Lunceford: The Complete Jimmie Lunceford Decca Sessions

    Mosaic Records
    2011
  • Quadromania - Life Is Fine

    DJM Records
    2005
  • Classic Jazz Archive - Jimmie Lunceford

    DJM Records
    2004
  • Blues In The Night

    DJM Records
    2001
  • Jazz & Blues Collection

    DJM Records
    1996
  • Complète Edition - Volume 6 - 1939

    DJM Records
    1996
  • Complète Edition - Volume 2 - 1934

    DJM Records
    1991
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