Wade, Jimmy [James F. ]
[James F. ]
(b Jacksonville, IL, c1895; d Chicago, Oct 12, 1933). American trumpeter, pianist, and bandleader. After leading his own band at Queen’s Hall, Chicago (c1916), he spent several years as the music director of the band that accompanied Lucille Hegamin, working in Seattle and New York. He left in the early 1920s and returned to Chicago, where he played with Doc Cook. Later he formed his own band, which included Eddie South and Teddy Weatherford. The group held many residencies in Chicago and also performed in New York at the Savoy Ballroom (1926) and the Club Alabam (1927). Among its recordings are Someday Sweetheart/Mobile Blues (1923, Para. 20295), the latter of which offers a particularly good example of Wade’s solo trumpet playing. South acted as director of the band during the mid-1920s. Later in the decade Wade worked occasionally as a sideman with other leaders. After ...