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A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. The term is most commonly used with a group that plays either a popular music dance band or a big band, such as one which plays swing music. In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... Dance (from French danser, perhaps from Frankish) generally refers to movement used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s. ... Swing music, also known as swing jazz, is a form of jazz music that developed during the 1920s and had solidified as a distinctive style by 1935 in the United States. ...


Most bandleaders also were performers with their own band. The bandleader role was dependent on a variety of skills, not just musicianship. A bandleader needed to be a music director, promoter, and performer. In general the bands were named after their bandleaders. Some bands have continued operating under their bandleaders' names long after the death of the original bandleader.

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Noted American bandleaders and their instruments have included:

Lew Soloff (born February 20, 1944 in New York City) is a jazz trumpeter. ... The trumpet is the highest brass instrument in register, above the French horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, and tuba. ... A standard 3-valved Bb flugelhorn. ... Bernard Buddy Rich (September 30, 1917 Brooklyn, New York – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... William Count Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Wilbur Schwichtenberg (1912 – 1989) was an American trombonist and bandleader who performed under the name Will Bradley. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933[2][3] – December 25, 2006), commonly referred to as The Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, was an American entertainer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... Les Brown, Sr. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece like the clarinet. ... Dave Brubeck in 1954 David Warren Brubeck (born December 6, 1920 in Concord, California[1]), better known as Dave Brubeck, is a U.S. jazz pianist. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Cab Calloway, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Cab Calloway (December 25, 1907–November 18, 1994) was a famous American jazz singer and bandleader. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... James Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 - June 12, 1957) was a prominent jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and big band leader. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece like the clarinet. ... Tommy Dorsey, in a publicity shot for The Big Apple Tommy Dorsey (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist and bandleader in the Big Band era. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899–May 24, 1974) was an American jazz composer, pianist, and band leader who has been one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Percy Faith (April 7, 1908 – February 9, 1976) was a band-leader, orchestrator and composer, known for his arrangements of standard tunes with lush string sections and female chorus vocal and wordless. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Two soprano clarinets: a Bâ™­ clarinet (left, with capped mouthpiece) and an A clarinet (right, with no mouthpiece). ... Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987), better known as Woody Herman, was an American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. ... Two soprano clarinets: a Bâ™­ clarinet (left, with capped mouthpiece) and an A clarinet (right, with no mouthpiece). ... Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 — presumably December 15, 1944), was an American jazz musician and bandleader in the swing era. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Alvis Edgar Buck Owens, Jr. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Arthur Pryor (September 22, 1870 to June 18, 1942)trombonist, band leader and soloist with the Sousa Band. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Omar Alfredo Rodriguez-Lopez (born September 1, 1975 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is the composer, lead guitarist and producer for the progressive rock group The Mars Volta and the former guitarist for the post-hardcore outfit At the Drive-In. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Benjamin Albert Rolfe (October 24, 1879 - April 23, 1956) was an American musician known as The Boy Trumpet Wonder who went on to be a bandleader, recording artist, radio personality and film producer. ... The trumpet is the highest brass instrument in register, above the French horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, and tuba. ... Artie Shaw (May 23, 1910, New York, New York – December 30, 2004, Thousand Oaks, California) is considered to be one of the best jazz musicians of his time jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader; he is also the author of both fiction and non-fiction writings. ... Two soprano clarinets: a Bâ™­ clarinet (left, with capped mouthpiece) and an A clarinet (right, with no mouthpiece). ... Portrait of John Philip Sousa taken in 1900 John Philip Sousa (November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor known particularly for American military marches. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... Bâ™­ cornet The cornet is a brass instrument that closely resembles the trumpet. ... Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Known in the U.S. as alto horn, in Germany as althorn, and in the UK as tenor horn, this brass instrument pitched in Eb has a conical bore (gradually widening), and normally uses a deep, cornet-like mouthpiece. ... George Paxton was a big band leader, composer, saxophonist, and arranger of swing jazz music during the late 1930s and early 1940s, and co-founder and producer of the primarily doo-wop Coed Records label in the late 1950s. ... The tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family, a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax. ... Lew Tabackin (born March 26, 1940) is a jazz flutist and a tenor saxophonist. ... The tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family, a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax. ... The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... Ernest Dale Tubb (February 9, 1914 - September 6, 1984), nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, was an American singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of country music. ... 1928 Columbia Records label with caricature of Paul Whiteman Paul Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was a popular american orchestral leader. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The trumpet is the highest brass instrument in register, above the French horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, and tuba. ... Charles Mingus (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz bassist, composer, bandleader, and occasional pianist. ... Bass guitars typically have four strings instead of six as found on regular guitars. ... James Melvin Jimmie Lunceford (June 6, 1902–July 12, 1947) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the swing era. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece like the clarinet. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an influential American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Barry Eugene White (born Barrence Eugene Carter, September 21, 1944) – July 4, 2003) was a Grammy Award winning American record producer, songwriter and singer responsible for the creation of numerous hit soul and disco songs. ... Maurice White in Munich, Germany in 1975 Maurice White (born December 19, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American soul, funk, and R&B singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and bandleader. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... For the American arctic explorer, see Isaac Israel Hayes Isaac Lee Hayes (born August 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee) is an American soul and funk singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, and actor. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... The trumpet is the highest brass instrument in register, above the French horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, and tuba. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...

British bandleaders have included:

Bert Ambrose (Benjamin Baruch Ambrose) (September 15, 1896 - June 11, 1971), usually just known as Ambrose, was a British musician of the swing and dance band era. ... Acker Bilk (often referred to as Mr. ... Two soprano clarinets: a B♭ clarinet (left, with capped mouthpiece) and an A clarinet (right, with no mouthpiece). ... John Barry. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus August 25, 1954 in London) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... William Edward Cotton (May 6, 1899 – March 25, 1969), better known as Billy Cotton, was a British band leader and entertainer, one of the few whose orchestra survived the dance band era. ... You might be looking for: Edward Heath (1916–2005) — Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Julian Miles Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958 in Blackheath, South East London) is an English virtuoso pianist, bandleader, television presenter, architectural eccentric and pop music enthusiast. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Patrick Spike Hughes (1908-1987) was a British jazz musician, composer and music journalist. ... Jack Hylton (July 2, 1892–January 29, 1965) was an English band leader and impresario. ... Geoff Love lived on Commercial Street and has a plaque dedicated to his memory outside his old house. ... Johnny Pearson (born June 18, 1925) is a British composer and pianist. ... Les Reed was Born in Woking, Surrey, England. ... Album Open Road Gary Barlow (born January 20, 1971 in Frodsham, Cheshire, England) is an English singer, pianist, songwriter, bandleader and producer. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ...

Italian bandleaders have included:

Pippo Barzizza (May 15, 1902 - April 2, 1994) was an italian Maestro and composer. ... Renato Carosone (Naples, 3 January 1920 - Rome, 20 May 2001) was among the greatest figures of Italian music scene in the second half of the 20th century. ... Gorni Kramer (Rivarolo Mantovano, Italy, 22 July 1913 - Milan, 26 October 1995) was one of the most famous Italian songwriters, musicians and band leaders of the 20th Century. ... Mantovani, born Annunzio Paolo Mantovani ( November 15, 1905 – March 29, 1980) was a popular conductor and entertainer in the easy listening style. ...

Dutch bandleaders have include:

Willem Breuker (b. ... The trumpet is the highest brass instrument in register, above the French horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, and tuba. ... // Erik van der Luijt Erik van der Luijt is a Dutch jazz pianist / keyboard player, arranger, composer, producer and band leader. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... André Rieu (born October 1, 1949, in Maastricht, Netherlands) is a Dutch violinist and conductor. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ...

German bandleaders have included:

Bert Kaempfert (born Berthold Kämpfert; October 16, 1923 - June 21, 1980) was a German orchestra leader and songwriter. ... James Last 2006 James Last together with fan Guenter Krueger from Berlin James Last (born Hans Last on April 17, 1929 in Bremen) is a German composer and big band leader with a large fan base in Europe and world-wide. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... Album cover Max Raabe (born Dec. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ...

French bandleaders have included:

Raymond Lefevre (born November, 20 of 1929 Calais, France) was a French easy listening orchestra conductor and composer. ... Paul Mauriat Paul Mauriat (Marseilles, 4 March 1925 – 3 November 2006 in Perpignan) was a French orchestra leader, specializing in light music. ... « In the strange world of show-business where you can find many con-artists and wind merchants, there is a distinguished man, whose look is more that of a diplomat than an artist: Franck Pourcel is discreet, modest and without pretence, this quiet man with a handsome silhouette has recorded...

Belgian bandleaders have included:

  • Francis Bay

Argentine bandleaders have included:

Waldo de los Rios (7 September 1934 - 28 March 1977) was an Argentinian composer and arranger. ...

Japanese bandleaders have included:

Toshiko Akiyoshi (穐吉 敏子, born December 12, 1929) is a jazz pianist and a composer/arranger. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ...

Australian bandleaders have included:

  • Mark "Slim" Roberts - Cornet

  Results from FactBites:
 
Bandleader - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (155 words)
A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians.
The term is most commonly used with a group that plays either a popular music dance band or a big band, such as one which plays swing music.
Some bands have continued operating under their bandleaders names long after the death of the original bandleader.
Ted Heath (bandleader) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (365 words)
Heath was born in London; he started playing the trombone at the age of fourteen, and his early career involved stints with Bert Firman, Jack Hylton, Ambrose, Sid Lipton, and Geraldo.
The orchestra was on the cusp between dance music and jazz; not only did Heath employ many of the big-name British jazz-musicians at various times, but his staff arranger was Tadd Dameron, and his programmes of straight dance music were supplemented by projects such as his recording of Fats Waller's London Suite.
Heath (in common with many other bandleaders at the time) allowed no unrehearsed improvising, however, and the orchestra was known for its note-perfect perfectionism.
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