Tonight’s Plans: Celebrating Jimmie Lunceford at Rhodes

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 15th 2012 852 0

Get out your dancing shoes – tonight's plans involve celebrating the life and music of Memphis' most famous band director, Jimmie Lunceford.

Jimmie Lunceford, Memphis, Tenn.

Jimmie Lunceford wasn't just a big band leader. His orchestra, the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra, started as a student band called the Chickasaw Syncopators at Memphis' Manassass High School. Lunceford was the first high school band director in Memphis, and he went on to tour the world with his orchestra, performing jazz and big band music mixed with vaudeville and comedy.

Tonight, party like it's 1929 at Rhodes College in honor of Lunceford's 110th birthday. The party starts with a reception at 5 p.m., continues with a panel discussion of Lunceford's music and the musical history of Manassass High and ends with a big dance party, just the way Jimmie would have liked it.

Go there:

What: Celebrating Jimmie Lunceford and the Music of Manassass High

Where: McCallum Ballroom, Rhodes College

When: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

How much: free

For more info: Go here.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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