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Luis Russell & Henry “Red” Allen 1929

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Born: 06 August 1902 in Careening Clay, Panama

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s

Luis Russell led one of the great early big bands, an orchestra that during 1929-1931 could hold its own with nearly all of its competitors. Unfortunately, his period in the spotlight was fairly brief and, ironically, Russell fell into obscurity just as the big band era really took hold. Russell studied guitar, violin, and piano in his native Panama. After winning 3,000 dollars in a lottery, he moved with his mother and sister to the United States where he began to make a living as a pianist in New...
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