Jimmy Sturr

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Jimmy Sturr
Jimmy Sturr.jpg
Sturr in 2009
Background information
Birth nameJames William Sturr Jr.
Born (1941-09-25) September 25, 1941 (age 80)
Warwick, New York, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)Instrumentalist, bandleader
InstrumentsTrumpet, clarinet, saxophone
LabelsRounder, Vanguard, Starr
Websitewww.jimmysturr.com

James W. Sturr Jr. is an American polka musician, trumpeter, clarinetist, saxophonist and leader of Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra. His recordings have won 18 out of the 24 Grammy Awards given for Best Polka Album. Sturr's orchestra is on the Top Ten List of the All-Time Grammy Awards, and has acquired more Grammy nominations than anyone in the history of musical polka awards.[1]

Touring history[edit]

Sturr and his orchestra have performed at Carnegie Hall,[2] Lincoln Center in New York City, Yankee Stadium [3] and the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, Poland.[4] When touring, the band rides in Jimmy's 45-foot customized tour bus, previously owned by Billy Ray Cyrus.[1]

Radio show[edit]

Sturr hosts a syndicated radio show on stations including WTBQ[5] in his hometown of Florida, New York, the station he once owned. He also has a weekly radio show on the Rural Radio channel on SirusXM.[6]

Discography[edit]

Band members[edit]

Main Band Members

  • Jimmy Sturr - Leader, Vocals, Clarinet, Saxophone, Drums, and Trumpet
  • Rick Henly - Trumpet
  • Bill Ash - Trumpet
  • Kenny Harbus - Trumpet & Vocals
  • Jim Perry - Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, and Tenor Saxophone
  • Nick DeVito - Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
  • Johnny Karas - Tenor Saxophone & Vocals
  • Ron Oswanski - Piano & Accordion
  • Frank Urbanovitch - Violin & Vocals
  • Rich Pavasaris - Bass Guitar
  • Rich Berends - Drums

Other Band Members/Reoccurring Members

  • Tom Conklin - Bus Driver
  • Jim Dixon - Bus Driver
  • Gus Kosior - Manager & Bus Driver
  • Barbara James - Assistant Manager
  • Al Piatkowski - Accordion
  • Nick Koryluk - Accordion
  • Joe Mariany - Clarinet and Saxophone
  • Ray Barno - Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, and Baritone Saxophone
  • Chris Caffery - Guitar

Past Band Members

  • William “Bill” Hulle - Bass[7]
  • Hank Golis - Trumpet
  • Kevin Krauth - Trumpet & Vocals
  • Al Noble - Trumpet
  • Ben Poole - Trumpet
  • Eric Parks - Trumpet
  • Paul Ketterer - Trumpet
  • Dana Sylvander - Trombone
  • Dennis Coyman - Drums
  • Bill Langan - Bass Guitar
  • Mike Ralff - Bass Guitar
  • Dave Kowalski - Guitar
  • Eddie Burton - Guitar
  • Lou Pallo - Guitar
  • Kevin Chase - Guitar
  • Walt Cunningham - Strings & Banjo
  • Ed Goldberg - Piano & Bass
  • Jeff Hoffman - Piano
  • Jeff Miller - Piano
  • Keith Slattery - Piano
  • Lenny Filipowski - Piano
  • Dennis Polisky - Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
  • Greg Dolecki - Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
  • Joe Magnuszewski - Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
  • Peter Kargul - Violin
  • Ryan Joseph - Violin
  • Steve Wnuk - Violin
  • Gene Bartkiewicz - Accordion
  • Wally Czerniawski - Accordion
  • Steve Swiader - Accordion
  • Gennarose - Vocals
  • Lance Wing - Vocals
  • Lindsey Webster - Vocals
  • John Doolan - Equipment Manager
  • Bryan Doolan - Roadie
  • Thomas 'Tom' Karas - Accordion/keyboard (1983-1989)[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sisario, Ben (February 5, 2006). "The Polka King Rolls Out the Barrel for the 19th Time". The New York Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "Performance History Search".
  3. ^ "The pitcher who could polka". ampoleagle.com. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  4. ^ http://fultonhistory.com/highlighter/viewer/?file=http%3A%2F%2Ffultonhistory.com%2FNewpapers%2520Disk2%2FAuburn%2520NY%2520Citizen%2520Advertiser%2FAuburn%2520NY%2520Citizen%2520Advertiser%25201985.pdf%2FNewspaper%2520Auburn%2520NY%2520Citizen%2520Advertiser%25201985%2520-%25204564.PDF&highlightsFile=http%3A%2F%2Ffultonhistory.com%2Fhighlighter%2Fhits%2F7d820ff77de8cd87885f5f4af0c858a5#page=1
  5. ^ WTBQ
  6. ^ "Weekly Schedule - Rural Radio". SiriusXM. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  7. ^ https://www.recordonline.com/article/20140617/NEWS0301/306179986
  8. ^ "Thomas Karas – Deceased Category – Inducted 2004 – IPA Polkas".

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