Personalities | Noble Sissle | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, composer, bandleader, 1889–1975)

Sissle worked with bandleader James Reese Europe from 1916–19, before teaming up with Eubie Blake; together Sissle and Blake wrote hits for Sophie Tucker and the successful all-black musicals Shuffle Along (1921) and Chocolate Dandies (1924). Sissle led his own bands in Europe during the late 1920s before returning to America in 1931 and forming a new group that featured singer Lena Horne. Between 1938 and 1950, Sissle’s orchestra held forth at Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe Club in New York.

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


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