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Paul Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was a popular American orchestral leader. He was born in Denver, Colorado. After a start as a classical violinist and violist, Whiteman then led a jazz-influenced dance band which became locally popular in San Francisco, California in 1918. In 1920 he moved his band to New York City where they started making recordings for Victor Records which propelled Whiteman and his band to national prominence. Whiteman became the most popular band leader of the decade. In the late 1920s he recorded for Columbia Records.

In the 1920s and early 1930s Whiteman dubbed himself The King of Jazz (see: Jazz royalty). Much of what his band played hasn’t been considered “true” jazz by later generations. Others reject these notions, and regard Whiteman’s music as an interesting development in jazz history. He recorded Hoagy Carmichael singing and playing Washboard Blues to the accompaniment of his orchestra in 1926.[1]

While today most fans of jazz consider improvisation to be essential to the musical style, Whiteman thought the music could be improved by scoring the best of it. Modern revisionists might look back & say “that wasn’t the True Jazz”, but his notions were critically popular and commercially successful at the time. Whiteman’s music was often the first jazz of any form that some people heard.

Duke Ellington wrote in his autobiography: “Paul Whiteman was known as the King of Jazz, and no one as yet has come near carrying that title with more certainty and dignity.”


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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    я так понимаю, это американский аналог утесова - джазец со скрипочками. тем не менее, звучит весьма и весьма симпатично.

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • headey

    Remember to check other places he turns up on lastfm ~~~~~~~~~~~~ & tag

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MusicHallofFame

    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Paul Whiteman into the Class of 1981. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame.

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • vaughnvhalen

    ``````````````````````````````````` Happpppyyyy feet !!`````````````````````````````

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • johntardsbaby66

    There were some solos in his stuff though, I guess. And his band members were encouraged to make recordings outside his orchestra, which is cool.

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • johntardsbaby66

    His publicist made some super-snooty comment about how improvisation didn't belong in jazz. Yet he hired some of the greatest improvisers ever (Bix, Lang, Venuti, etc.).

    28 Jul 2010 Reply
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  • alongwaltz

    I love his Bowie cover of 'Changes'.

    16 Jan 2008 Reply

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