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Why #JimmieLuncefordMatters: The Father Of Memphis Music Education

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Jazz great Jimmie Lunceford was the first Memphis City Schools high school band director and started music education in The Memphis City Schools back in the 1920s. He was not even hired to be a music instructor but yet believed in the power of music to change lives and wanted to share his passions with young people.

Jimmie Lunceford, even more so than W.C. Handy, is the reason why Memphis is truly renowned for its musical heritage because he singlehandedly started music education in The Memphis Public Schools system without any money from the school system and also was arguably the first to teach jazz studies in any school system in the world back in the 1920s.

His school band, at first known as The Chickasaw Syncopators, was very popular locally and was also heard on local radio. In 1930, Lunceford took his band (composed of his best high school students and buddies from Fisk University), left Memphis and became the house band at the famous Cotton Club. His orchestra was also the number one attraction at the legendary Apollo Theatre for a decade and was known as the Harlem Express, the number one band of choice for African Americans in the nation during the 1930s and the 1940s. He was known as ‘The King of the Battle of the Bands’ because his orchestra would constantly beat those lead by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller in popularity contests and cut throat competition.
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Name: 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
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Herd II, Ronald. "Why #JimmieLuncefordMatters: The Father Of Memphis Music Education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, OH, <Not Available>. 2018-06-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1299018_index.html>

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Herd II, R. "Why #JimmieLuncefordMatters: The Father Of Memphis Music Education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, OH <Not Available>. 2018-06-18 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1299018_index.html

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Abstract: Jazz great Jimmie Lunceford was the first Memphis City Schools high school band director and started music education in The Memphis City Schools back in the 1920s. He was not even hired to be a music instructor but yet believed in the power of music to change lives and wanted to share his passions with young people.

Jimmie Lunceford, even more so than W.C. Handy, is the reason why Memphis is truly renowned for its musical heritage because he singlehandedly started music education in The Memphis Public Schools system without any money from the school system and also was arguably the first to teach jazz studies in any school system in the world back in the 1920s.

His school band, at first known as The Chickasaw Syncopators, was very popular locally and was also heard on local radio. In 1930, Lunceford took his band (composed of his best high school students and buddies from Fisk University), left Memphis and became the house band at the famous Cotton Club. His orchestra was also the number one attraction at the legendary Apollo Theatre for a decade and was known as the Harlem Express, the number one band of choice for African Americans in the nation during the 1930s and the 1940s. He was known as ‘The King of the Battle of the Bands’ because his orchestra would constantly beat those lead by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller in popularity contests and cut throat competition.


 
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