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 Her performance, in a tribute to the pioneering Black dancer Katherine Dunham, reputedly impressed bandleader Duke Ellington, who was in the audience. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, 31 July 2022 Martin, a musician in his own right, co-wrote the song alongside Kirker Butler, with Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer serving as producer. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 15 July 2022 July 25: Afro-Latin Jazz bandleader Arturo O’Farrill and his quartet, with the sextet format of the local Latin Essence Jazz Group opening. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 2 July 2022 Jessica Chastain won for playing televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and Javier Bardem was nominated for playing actor, bandleader and TV pioneer Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos. Paul Grein, Billboard, 27 June 2022 Arturo O’Farrill, seven-time Grammy-winning composer, bandleader and pianist, with the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (Nov. 18). Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2022 Stanley Jacobs, a flutist and bandleader from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, who sustains the traditional sounds of quelbe music. al, 28 June 2022 At the time, founding bandleader and also pianist Rafael Ithier began to look for a successor to lead the group. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 4 June 2022 The singer, 35, also subsequently canceled other obligations such as his role as bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Daniela Avila,, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bandleader

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Bandleader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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