Personalities | Paul Whiteman | Twenties | Jazz & Blues
(Violin, bandleader, 1890–1967)
Erroneously dubbed ‘The King Of Jazz’ by press agents, Whiteman led his first dance band in San Francisco in 1918. Arriving in New York in 1920, he assembled some of the city’s top musicians and gained popularity with hits such as ‘Japanese Sandman’ and ‘Whispering’. In 1924 his orchestra premiered George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue. Whiteman’s best band (1927–30) included such superb soloists as Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke, Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti, and launched crooner Bing Crosby’s career.
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