Luis Russell

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Birthday
6, 1902
Birthplace
Panama
Death Date
Dec 11, 1963 (61)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
6, 1902
Birthplace
Panama
Death Date
Dec 11, 1963 (61)

About

Jazz artist and bandleader who immigrated to the United States with his mother and sister after winning $3,000 in a 1919 lottery.

Before Fame

His first professional job was in 1917, providing the accompaniment for silent films.

Trivia

His band was one of New York's top jazz groups by 1929 and was comprised of many sidemen who had played with King Oliver.

Family Life

He fathered famed jazz singer Catherine Russell.

Associated With

He served as musical director for Louis Armstrong during the late 1930s and early 1940s with his band serving as Armstrong's back-up.

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