Personalities | Jimmy McPartland | Twenties | Jazz & Blues
Part of the Chicago-based Austin High School Gang, along with Bud Freeman, Frank Teschemacher, Jim Lannigan and Dave Tough, McPartland was inspired by recordings of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and Bix Beiderbecke, who he replaced in the Wolverines in 1925. He joined Ben Pollack’s band in 1927 and recorded with the McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans that same year. McPartland worked steadily through the 1930s in Chicago and continued leading Dixieland sessions for the next four decades.
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