Personalities | Luis Russell | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Bandleader, pianist, 1902–63)

Luis Russell first worked in New Orleans, then in Chicago with King Oliver, where he began moving the New Orleans sound towards a big-band format. Between 1929–31 he led one of the best early swing-oriented bands in the country. Its major soloists were J.C. Higginbotham and Henry ‘Red’ Allen, who also recorded with the band separately under his name in a number of Armstrong-inspired pieces. In 1935 Armstrong himself took over, effectively ending the Russell band as an independent entity.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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