band·​lead·​er | \ˈband-ˌlē-dər \

Definition of bandleader 

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

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Kim Novak played your mother in a biopic of your father, who was also a bandleader. David Netto, Town & Country, "Legendary Bandleader Peter Duchin Shares the One Thing People Don't Know About Jackie Kennedy," 26 Oct. 2018 The honorees are the composer and bandleader Maria Schneider, the South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, the pianist and vocalist Bob Dorough and the critic Stanley Crouch. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "National Endowment for the Arts Names New Class of Jazz Masters," 11 July 2018 In a jazz world dominated to this day by men, Chicagoan Rosenberg has claimed a prominent place as bassist, bandleader, composer and role model. Howard Reich,, "From Goines to Freeman, a jazzy holiday weekend," 21 May 2018 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

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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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