band·lead·er | \ˈband-ˌlē-dər \

Definition of bandleader 

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

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For for his midafternoon performance at Arroyo Seco, Washington’s shapeshifting group (which includes multiple bandleaders in their own right) was pared from its occasional additions of an orchestra and choir to number roughly a half a dozen. Chris Barton,, "Kamasi Washington gets a festive homecoming at Arroyo Seco Weekend," 24 June 2018 An obituary on Thursday about the trombonist and bandleader Bill Watrous misstated the date of his death. New York Times, "Corrections: July 14, 2018," 13 July 2018 Critic-author Stanley Crouch, the late singer-pianist-composer Bob Dorough, pianist-composer Abdullah Ibrahim and composer-bandleader Maria Schneider have been named the next recipients of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowships. Howard Reich,, "Crouch, Ibrahim to receive NEA Jazz Masters honor," 11 July 2018 In his typical fashion, reedist, composer, and bandleader Geof Bradfield deployed a veritable notebook of conceptual conceits when writing and formulating his new album Yes, and . . . Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Geof Bradfield takes inspiration from Chicago comedy culture and French composer Olivier Messiaen on his latest project," 21 June 2018 Lenk’s café owner shares a bench with Tony Shalhoub’s bandleader. Craig Nakano,, "Katrina Lenk: Her first Tony nomination, but don't expect it to be her last," 7 June 2018 Read more: Detroit Music Weekend will include performances by Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner, actor-musician Jeff Daniels, funk bandleader Will Sessions and country-rocker Craig Brown. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit to name street in tribute to Michael Jackson," 17 May 2018 The exhibition organized by artists William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson makes connections between artists as disparate as Afro-futurist Philadelphia bandleader Sun Ra and Krazy Kat cartoonist George Herriman. Dan Deluca,, "Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Deadfellow, Black Pulp! and the Smirnoff Equalizer gender equity test," 8 Mar. 2018 Much respect to Dan Auerbach, the Black Keys guitarist and bandleader who took veteran soul man Robert Finley with him on the road as part of the Easy Eye Sound Revue that recently played Union Transfer. Dan Deluca,, "Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Andrew W.K.'s pep talks, Robert Finley's old school soul and Bob Dylan's birthday bash," 17 May 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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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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