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

Definition of bandleader

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

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The bassist for the rocking, psycho-surf trio the Hep Cat Boo Daddies, Gerovitz struck a menacing pose alongside bandleader DaSilva as the band made its reputation in the early 2000s. Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: Joel DaSilva at Funky Biscuit, movies about America and brunch with your dog in Delray Beach," 27 June 2019 The jazz musician also served as trumpet player and bandleader for her album Cheek to Cheek with Tony Bennett. Rachel Desantis,, "Lady Gaga Shares Stage Kiss with Longtime Married Friend and Trumpet Player Brian Newman," 16 June 2019 John Bradley, and The Late Late Show bandleader Reggis Watts. Ruth Kinane,, "Michelle Obama, Harry Styles, and more joining James Corden for Late Late Show dodgeball game," 11 June 2019 With a searing alto tone that can flare from blue flame glow to bright orange grit within a phrase, Fuller has emerged as a formidable bandleader over the past decade, with four impressive albums on Mack Avenue Records. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Beyonce sax player Tia Fuller lands in SF Bay Area for 3 shows," 5 June 2019 Ellington extended this model of bandleader appropriation through his strong grasp of musical form and marketing. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Help!’ Review: Credit Where Credit Is Due," 16 Nov. 2018 In the living room is a piano once owned by jazz bandleader Paul Whiteman. Neal J. Leitereg,, "‘Episodes’ co-creators Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane list L.A. penthouse for $29.9 million," 11 July 2018 The jazz trumpeter, singer, composer and bandleader, who died in August 1978, debuts at No. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Louis Prima Sets Record For Longest Break Between Hot 100 Hits, Debuting on Kids See Ghosts' '4th Dimension'," 20 June 2018 The prodigious saxophonist from downstate Normal has developed into a formidable bandleader now based in New York. Howard Reich,, "From Vonski bash to Salvant soiree, a busy jazz weekend," 8 Mar. 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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