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 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 An hour later, as if to prove the point, the Section joined their old bandleader Browne onstage to wrap up the night with an electrifying performance, their first since appearing together to honor James Taylor at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016. Andy Hermann, Billboard, "Jackson Browne and the Section Honored at NAMM's Annual TEC Awards," 29 Jan. 2018 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

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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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