band·​lead·​er | \ ˈband-ˌlē-dər How to pronounce bandleader (audio) \

Definition of bandleader

: the conductor of a band (such as a dance band)

Examples of bandleader in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the past nine years, Jehnny Beth has been known as the dynamic, theatrical bandleader of English rock outfit Savages. Ilana Kaplan,, "Voice Notes: How Jehnny Beth honed her ferocious sound," 11 June 2020 The stage is a sacred space for the Savages' bandleader. Ilana Kaplan,, "Voice Notes: How Jehnny Beth honed her ferocious sound," 11 June 2020 He was raised middle class in Shaker Heights and fell in love with sketch comedy after seeing the 1950s vaudeville silliness of bandleader Spike Jones and the City Slickers. cleveland, "Fred Willard, master comic who starred in ‘Waiting for Guffman,’ has died," 16 May 2020 Ayodele Casel, one of the city’s preëminent tap dancers and choreographers, will have her first full-evening show at the Joyce (Sept. 24-29), a collaboration with the Latin-jazz composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill. Marina Harss, The New Yorker, "Fall Dance Preview," 16 Aug. 2019 Hardin, who studied at Fisk University and had an entrepreneurial streak, helped bring Armstrong forward as a bandleader, serving as his first manager, pianist and frequent co-composer. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "10 Women in Jazz Who Never Got Their Due," 22 Apr. 2020 She’s given a young minder, Rosalyn (Jessie Buckley), who’s severely overmatched, and a young bandleader, Burt (Royce Pierreson), who will more than earn his pay., "In ‘Judy,’ Renée Zellweger is Judy Garland - The Boston Globe," 26 Sep. 2019 Below are 11 memorable recordings, from his work as an accompanist and a bandleader. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "McCoy Tyner’s Essential Recordings: Listen to 11 Tracks," 9 Mar. 2020 Even then, a bandleader called Slim, who’s poisoning his own music with his anger, views the Kid as a threat. Laura Collins-hughes,, "A Cross River of the mind in ‘The World Doesn’t Require You’," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bandleader

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Bandleader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bandleader

: a person who leads a band of musicians especially : the leader of a band that plays jazz or dance music

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