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date: 04 April 2020

Davidson, Trump [Jimmy, James Douglas ]locked

  • Jack Litchfield
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[Jimmy, James Douglas ]

(b Sudbury, Canada, Nov 26, 1908; d Sudbury, May 2, 1978). Canadian cornetist, singer, and bandleader. He formed the Melody Five in Sudbury around 1925 and then sang (and later played cornet) in Toronto with the hotel orchestra of the violinist Luigi Romanelli (1929–35). From 1937 to 1942 he led his own dance band, which made weekly broadcasts on NBC from Toronto’s Club Esquire in 1937 and toured Britain under Ray Noble in 1938. Davidson formed a new orchestra in 1944, and made the Palace Pier its base in Toronto through the early 1960s. Its performances there usually included several numbers played by a dixieland jazz group drawn from the orchestra. This smaller group, modeled on Bob Crosby’s Bob Cats, also functioned independently and continued in existence after the demise of the orchestra; it played on CBC radio from the 1940s to the 1960s and made a number of recordings (...

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Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (Toronto, 2/1992)