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Jimmie Lunceford

The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra was more known for its clever and witty arrangements, precise and nuanced ensemble playing, and visual antics than for its soloists.   During the Swing Era they rivaled Ellington and Basie.  Both Glenn Miller and Stan Kenton modeled their bands after Lunceford but never were able to catch the absolute joy that permeated every note the Lunceford band played.