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Jimmy Durante

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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: February 10, 1893 | Died: January 29, 1980    

Jimmy Durante

Before Jimmy Durante became one of the most famous and lovable entertainers of the Twentieth Century, he was a hot piano player and bandleader. Durante was greatly influenced by Scott Joplin and had his first success in show business as a Ragtime piano player starting around 1911. He was billed as “Ragtime Jimmy” and played in New York City and Coney Island. Durante was part of the same wild crowd of early White jazz musicians as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Johnny Stein.

When the New Orleans Jazz style swept New York by storm in 1917 with the arrival of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band Durante was part of the audience at Reisenweber's on Columbus Circle. Durante was very impressed with the band and invited them to play at a club called the Alamo in Harlem where Jimmy played piano. The band was soon the hottest thing in show business and Durante had his friend Johnny Stein assemble a group of like-minded New Orleans musicians to accompany his act at the Alamo....
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  • Make Someone Happy

    HighNote
    1996
  • As Time Goes By

    HighNote
    1993
  • The Best Loved Songs Of Jimmy Durante

    HighNote
    1978
  • I'm The Guy Who Found The Lost Chord

    HighNote
    1973
  • Jackie Barnett Presents Hello Young Lovers

    HighNote
    1965
  • What Became Of Life / One Of Those Songs

    HighNote
    1965
  • Jackie Barnett Presents Jimmy Durante's Way Of Life

    HighNote
    1965
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