Jimmie Lunceford

Born: 
06/06/1902
City: 
Fulton
Region: 
Mississippi
Country: 
USA
Died: 
07/12/1947
Years Active: 
1920's-1947
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Alto Sax
Image Credit: 
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress

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James Melvin "Jimmie" Lunceford was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era. Comedy and vaudeville played a distinct part in Lunceford's presentation. Songs such as "Rhythm Is Our Business", "I'm Nuts about Screwy Music", "I Want the Waiter (With the Water)", and "Four or Five Times" displayed a playful sense of swing, often through clever arrangements by trumpeter Sy Oliver and bizarre lyrics. Lunceford's stage shows often included costumes, skits, and obvious jabs at mainstream white jazz bands, such as Paul Whiteman's and Guy Lombardo's. On July 12, 1947, while playing in Seaside, Oregon, Lunceford collapsed and died from cardiac arrest during an autograph session. Allegations and rumors circulated that he had been poisoned by a fish-restaurant owner who was unhappy at having to serve a "Negro" in his establishment.

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 03/08/1935 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 03/09/1935 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 03/10/1935 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 03/11/1935 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 03/12/1935 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 03/13/1935 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 03/14/1935 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 12/06/1935 Fox Theatre Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 12/07/1935 Fox Theatre Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 12/08/1935 Fox Theatre Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 12/09/1935 Fox Theatre Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 12/10/1935 Fox Theatre Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 12/11/1935 Fox Theatre Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 12/12/1935 Fox Theatre Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 05/20/1938 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 05/21/1938 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 05/22/1938 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford 02/17/1941 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 01/23/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 01/24/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 01/25/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 01/26/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 01/27/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 01/28/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 01/29/1942 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA

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