Personalities | Jimmie Lunceford | Thirties | Jazz & Blues
(Bandleader, arranger, 1902–47)
While working as a music teacher in Memphis, Mississippi-born Lunceford formed a band called the Chicksaw Syncopators. They first recorded in 1930 and after four years of touring gained a residency at the Cotton Club and became the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. Renowned for its polished stage presence, the band was nevertheless musically tight and trumpeter Sy Oliver’s arrangements secured a signature ‘Lunceford sound’. Pay disputes split the original line-up in the early 1940s, but Lunceford continued to lead the orchestra until his death.
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