Jimmy Sturr

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Jimmy Sturr
Jimmy Sturr.jpg
Sturr in 2009
Background information
Birth name James William Sturr, Jr.
Born (1941-09-25) September 25, 1941 (age 76)
Warwick, New York, United States
Genres
Occupation(s) Instrumentalist, bandleader
Instruments Trumpet, clarinet, saxophone
Labels Rounder, Vanguard, Starr
Website www.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 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 show[edit]

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 chanel, Rural Radio.[5]

Discography[edit]

Band members[edit]

Main Band Members

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


Other and Past Band Members


  • Al Noble - Trumpet
  • Ed Goldberg - Piano & Bass * 25 Years
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ray Barno - Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, and Baritone Saxophone
  • Peter Kargul - Violin
  • Ryan Joseph - Violin
  • Gene Bartkiewicz - Accordion
  • Nick Koryluk - Accordion
  • Wally Czerniawski - Accordion
  • Al Piatkowski - Accordion
  • Gennarose - Vocals
  • Lance Wing - Vocals
  • Lindsey Webster - Vocals
  • Gus Kosior - Manager & Bus Driver
  • Barbara James - Assistant Manager
  • John Doolan-Equipment Manager

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