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By Eddy Determeyer

"The first unique research of 1 of the swing era's most vital bands and the 1st biography of its chief, Jimmie Lunceford. this can be a so much welcome and important contribution to the literature of jazz, to our realizing of an essential interval in jazz heritage, and to the song of a great and precise ensemble that was once emblematic of the swing era."
---Dan Morgenstern, Director, Institute of Jazz stories, Rutgers collage, and writer of Living with Jazz

"We have been extra renowned than Benny Goodman! We have been the 1st black band that performed the Paramount Theater, downtown big apple. now not Duke Ellington, no longer count number Basie. Six weeks in a row, 4 or 5 indicates day-by-day, and it used to be packed on a daily basis, humans lining up round the nook regularly! shall we outdraw any band within the country."
---Gerald Wilson

"Jimmie Lunceford was once a key swing-era determine, and no publication covers his biography and song like this one does. Grounded in years of study and encouraged through the writer's love of his topic, the e-book fills a severe hole within the jazz literature and should be crucial interpreting for all swing aficionados."
---Jeffrey Magee, affiliate Professor of Musicology, collage of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and writer of The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and massive Band Jazz

"It used to be Jimmie Lunceford and his orchestra that encouraged me to develop into a musician. i used to be 11 years previous on the time. while I heard that band play I stated to myself, 'That's for me. i need to develop into a musician.' I nonetheless get encouraged while I take heed to a few of their recordings. The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra is without doubt one of the nice jazz orchestras of all time."
---Horace Silver

"Jimmie Lunceford has the simplest of all bands. Duke is superb, Basie is striking, yet Lunceford tops them both."
---Glenn Miller

In the Thirties, swing tune reigned, and the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra used to be the most popular and hippest appeal at the black dance circuits. identified for its impeccable visual appeal and infectious rhythms, Lunceford's workforce used to be in a position to out-swing and outdraw any band. For ten consecutive years, they have been the best-loved charm at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater. The group's hit recordings offered within the millions, and Jimmie Lunceford's band rivaled Ellington's for acceptance within the African American community.

Jimmie Lunceford used to be additionally an innovator, raising big-band showmanship to an paintings and introducing such novel tools because the electrical guitar and bass. The band's preparations, written via Sy Oliver, Edwin Wilcox, Gerald Wilson, Billy Moore, Jr., and Tadd Dameron, have been bold and ahead taking a look, influencing generations of big-band writers.

Rhythm Is Our Business lines the improvement of the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra from its little one days as a highschool band in Memphis to its record-breaking excursions around the usa, Canada, and Europe. The publication additionally unveils Lunceford's romantic but ill-fated involvement with Yolande Du Bois, daughter of recognized author and opinion chief W.E.B. Du Bois. And via reconstructing Lunceford's final day, the ebook deals a glimpse into the mysteries surrounding the leader's premature loss of life. this is often crucial studying for a person drawn to the historical past and legacy of swing.

Eddy Determeyer has been a contract song journalist for greater than 3 many years. In 1984 Determeyer wrote a seven-part sequence on Jimmie Lunceford for the Dutch magazine Jazz Nu. Determeyer has written millions of articles on track for numerous Dutch guides and is the writer of numerous books. He at the moment produces the Holiday for Hipsters radio exhibit for Dutch station Concertzender.

Cover photo: Lunceford brass part, ca. past due 1936. Left to correct: Paul Webster, Eddie Durham, Sy Oliver, Elmer Crumbley, Eddie Tompkins, Russell Bowles. (Bertil Lyttkens Collection)

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