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Encyclopedia > McKinney's Cotton Pickers

McKinney's Cotton Pickers were an United States jazz band founded in 1926 by William McKinney, who expanded his Synco Septet to ten pieces. In 1927 Don Redman left Fletcher Henderson's orchestra to become the Cotton Pickers' musical director, and he assembled a band which rivalled Henderson's and Duke Ellington's. Aiding Redman with arrangements and rehersals with the band was the talented trumpeter-arranger John Nesbitt. In 1931 Redman left to form his own band and was replaced by Benny Carter. The Cotton Pickers disbanded in 1934, unable to make money during the Depression. Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... William McKinney (17 September 1895 - 14 October 1969) was an American jazz drummer who led a series of musical groups, most notably McKinneys Cotton Pickers. ... 1927 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Donald Matthew Redman (July 29, 1900 - November 30, 1964) was a jazz musician, arranger, and composer. ... Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr. ... Edward Kennedy Duke Ellington (Born: April 29, 1899 in Washington, DC – Died: May 24, 1974 in New York City) was an American jazz composer, pianist and bandleader. ... 1931 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Bennett Lester Carter (August 8, 1907 – July 12, 2003) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. ... 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Great Depression was the global economic slump that began in 1929 and bottomed in 1933. ...



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