Andy Kirk

Andy Kirk

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Andrew Dewey Kirk (May 28, 1898 in Newport, Kentucky - December 11, 1992 in New York City) was a jazz saxophonist and tubist best known as a bandleader of the "Twelve Clouds of Joy," popular during the swing era. He started his musical career playing with George Morrison's band, but then went on to join Terrence Holder's Dark Clouds of Joy. In 1929 he was elected leader after Holder departed. Renaming themselves Twelve Clouds of Joy they set up in the Pla-Mor Ballroom on the junction of 32nd and Main in Kansas City and made their first recording for Brunswick Records that same year. Mary Lou Williams came in as pianist at the last moment, but she impressed Brunswick's Dave Kapp, so she became a regular member of the band. The pianist she replaced, Marion Jackson, did not take well to this but otherwise Kirk's band would be fairly stable with the incorporation of Williams.show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 159g
  • Culp Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134976679
  • 9786134976671