blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1



For Dancers Only: Suite for Jimmie Lunceford, 1902-1947

Lunceford's band was one of the finest orchestras of the swing era, its well-drilled sound and the precision of its section playing being unrivalled by any other group. Lunceford's reluctance to pay for additional singers and dancers to tour with his band led to his musicians doing this themselves, and earning the nickname "the performing seals." —BBC Radio 3, 100 Jazz Profiles (see Links

Audio clips were recorded by the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra between 1935-1944.





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