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James Melvin "Jimmie" Lunceford (June 6, 1902 – July 12, 1947) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era.

Lunceford was born in Fulton, Mississippi. Little is known about his parents, though his father was a choirmaster in Warren, Ohio, before the family moved to Denver. Lunceford went to high school in Denver and studied music under Wilberforce J. Whiteman, father of Paul Whiteman, whose band was soon to acquire a national reputation. As a child in… read more

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  • Avatar for JoshCIVM
    That picture's really awkward.
  • Avatar for Druid66
    One of the great early jazz guys, who went too soon.
  • Avatar for SIRIUSACMA
    love
  • Avatar for F_Hole
    I'd do anything to've seen this band. They were supposedly THE showman's big band, with the trumpet section spinning their trumpets in the air in unison, catching them to come in on cue. "Lunceford's trained seals" was one comment I remember the old timers making.
  • Avatar for doceasubio
    IIIUng@
  • Avatar for zrsullivan
    Forgive me.
  • Avatar for zrsullivan
    You spam like no other, Sam. I sense a Sy Oliver rediscovery in the works, & lucky you, your hot garbage is stamped all over every relevant page! Oh, & the Lunceford Orchestra was better than some critics would have you believe.
  • Avatar for SYL2Oh
    At the head of one of the most explosive orchestra of the swing era, Jimmie Luncerford contributed to the legend of Harlem.
  • Avatar for trickyroman
    love vocals by Chuck Richards
  • Avatar for schizodanny
    Exemplary!

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