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TRENDING Famous Male Bandleaders

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List of famous male bandleaders, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male bandleaders list contains the most prominent and top males known for being bandleaders. There are thousand of males working as bandleaders in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic bandleaders have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a bandleader then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of many different big male bandleaders, including Ray Charles and Clifford Thornton.

While this isn't a list of all male bandleaders, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male bandleaders?" and "Who are the best male bandleaders?"
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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James Brown is a film score composer. ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1933-2006)

Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician Bandleader, + more

Credits: The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Going My Way, Objective, Burma! Sands of Iwo Jima

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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local ...more

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Age: Died at 80 (1904-1984)

Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey, USA

Profession: Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader Actor, + more

Credits: Blazing Saddles, Cinderfella, Hit Parade of 1943, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Ella and Basie '79 Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Count Basie Jam '75, + more

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#25 on The Greatest Organists in Rock and Jazz History

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#13 on The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

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Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward, and gained a national ...more

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Age: Died at 75 (1899-1974)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Pianist, Musician, Bandleader Lyricist, + more

Credits: Anatomy of a Murder, Ă…dalen 31, Check and Double Check, Paris Blues NET Playhouse, + more

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#27 on The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

#17 on The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

#1 on The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

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Lawrence Welk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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Lawrence Welk was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large number of radio, television, and live-performance fans as "champagne music". In 1996, Welk was ranked #43 on TV ...more

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Age: Died at 89 (1903-1992)

Birthplace: Strasburg, USA, North Dakota

Profession: Impresario, Musician, Bandleader

Credits: The Lawrence Welk Show

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Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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Wynton Marsalis is a nominee of 2013 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. ...more

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Age: 55

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Music Educator, Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician Bandleader, + more

Credits: Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, Unforgivable Blackness, Tune in Tomorrow, The N-Word On the Shoulders of Giants, + more

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#6 on The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

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Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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Lionel Leo Hampton was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, ...more

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Age: Died at 94 (1908-2002)

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Profession: Musician, Bandleader, Actor, Composer Singer, + more

Credits: Pennies from Heaven, A Song Is Born, The Timex All-star Swing Festival, Mister Rock and Roll Lionel Hampton & the Golden Men of Jazz, + more

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#41 on The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with jazz legend Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary ...more

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Age: 77

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist Musician, + more

Credits: Donnie Brasco, Zoolander, Office Space, Death Wish

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#7 on The Greatest Organists in Rock and Jazz History

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#8 on The Greatest Keytarists of All Time

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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, together with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1926-1991)

Birthplace: USA, Alton, Illinois

Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader Actor, + more

Credits: Zodiac, Collateral, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Pleasantville

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#34 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#82 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

#88 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

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