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Jimmy McPartland


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Jimmy McPartland
(March 15th 1907 - March 13th 1991)


An excerpt from a 1968 broadcast of "Jazz Alley" featuring Jimmy McPartland cornet, with accompanists
including Pee Wee Russell clarinet, and Art Hodes piano.

Jimmy McPartland was born and raised in Chicago where an interest in music kept him out of trouble.

Inspired by King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, Jimmy was among the group of young white West side
Chicago jazz musicians known as the Austin High School Gang.

He played in small bands trying to emulate the sound of the "New Orleans Rhythm Kings."

Ultimately McPartland was chosen as Bix Beiderbecke's replacement in the "Wolverine Orchestra"
in 1924 and relocated to New York when he was just seventeen.

This move was a turning point in his career and in 1927 he attended the historic recording session
that produced "China Boy" with "Red McKenzie and Eddie Condon's Chicagoans."

He would play with Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller as a member of "Bennie Goodman's Boys"
the following year.

Beginning in late 1940's Jimmy performed extensively and made numerous TV appearances often with
his wife, pianist Marion McPartland.

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