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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]

Jimmy Sturr
Jimmy Sturr.jpg
Sturr in 2009
Background information
Birth nameJames William Sturr, Jr.
Born (1941-09-25) September 25, 1941 (age 77)
Warwick, New York, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)Instrumentalist, bandleader
InstrumentsTrumpet, clarinet, saxophone
LabelsRounder, Vanguard, Starr
Websitewww.jimmysturr.com

Past band members Thomas 'Tom' Karas. Accordion/keyboard 1983-1989

http://www.ipapolkas.com/blog/otw-portfolio/thomas-karas-deceased-category-inducted-2004/

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Touring historyEdit

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

Radio showEdit

Sturr hosts a syndicated radio show on stations including WTBQ[4] in his hometown of Florida, New York, the station he once owned. He also has a weekly radio show on SirusXM channel, Rural Radio.[5]

DiscographyEdit

Band membersEdit

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
  • Steve Swiader - 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

  • Hank Golis - Trumpet
  • Kevin Krauth - Trumpet & Vocals
  • Al Noble - Trumpet
  • Ben Poole - Trumpet
  • Eric Parks - 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
  • Gennarose - Vocals
  • Lance Wing - Vocals
  • Lindsey Webster - Vocals
  • John Doolan - Equipment Manager
  • Bryan Doolan - Roadie

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ https://www.carnegiehall.org/PerformanceHistorySearch/#!search=jimmy%20sturr
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ WTBQ
  5. ^ "Weekly Schedule - Rural Radio". SiriusXM. Retrieved 2017-04-08.

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