Personalities | McKinney’s Cotton Pickers | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Instrumental group, 1926–34)

Formed in 1926 by drummer Bill McKinney (1895–1969), this Ohio-based big band improved significantly after hiring arranger Don Redman from Fletcher Henderson’s band in the summer of 1927. For the next four years, until Redman left in 1931, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers rivalled both Henderson’s and Duke Ellington’s orchestras for ensemble precision. The band’s trumpeter and principal soloist John Nesbitt (a close friend of Bix Beiderbecke) also contributed potent arrangements throughout the 1920s.

Styles & Forms | Twenties | Jazz & Blues
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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