MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS

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McKinney's Cotton Pickers were a United States jazz band founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1926 by William McKinney, who expanded his Synco Septet to ten pieces. Cuba Austin took over for McKinney early on drums. In 1927 Don Redman left Fletcher Henderson's orchestra to become the Cotton Pickers' musical director, and he assembled a band which rivalled Henderson's and Duke Ellington's. Aiding Redman with arrangements and rehearsals with the band was the talented trumpeter-arranger John Nesbitt. Between 1927 and 1931, they were one of the most popular African-American bands. Many of their records for Victor were best sellers. Among the many jazz greats who recorded with the band were Coleman Hawkins and James P. Johnson.

In 1931 Redman left to form his own band and was replaced by Benny Carter. The Cotton Pickers disbanded in 1934, unable to make money during the Depression. Manager of the band was Jean
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MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS The Chronological Classics: McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1928-1929 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1928-1929
Big Band 1991
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1928-1929
Big Band 1991
MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS The Chronological Classics: McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1929-1930 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1929-1930
Big Band 1992
MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS The Chronological Classics: McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1930-1931 / Don Redman and His Orchestra 1939-1940 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1930-1931 / Don Redman and His Orchestra 1939-1940
Big Band 1996
MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS Cotton Picker's Scat, Volume 2 - 1930 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Cotton Picker's Scat, Volume 2 - 1930
Big Band 1999

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Milenberg Joys / Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble
Big Band 1928
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Okay, Baby / I Want a Little Girl
Big Band 1930

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