Jimmie McDaniel

Born: Fairfield, AL

Jazz Conductor Lionel Hampton, Count Basie

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Jimmy McDaniels


Greenwich Woods, Conn. - Jazz Hall of Famer James "Jimmy" McDaniels died Saturday at the age of 80.

Known throughout Indianapolis and the country for his musical contributions, the popular Jazz musician performed and conducted with such greats as Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton & many more. After serving with the 82nd Airborne Division as a band leader and a paratrooper in 1965, McDaniels received the Governor's Award for outstanding service to the Indiana community for his organization of a jazz band at the Pendleton Reformatory.

In the 1970's, he was an Education Specialist, soloist and guest conductor with the Indianapolis Symphony.  Also during that period, his 17-piece big band debuted at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. As well as performing at major supper clubs throughout the Indianapolis area and in Las Vegas, McDaniels performed at the Bush/Quayle presidential inauguration.

He is a member of the Indiana Performing Arts Hall of Fame and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Life member of Sertoma, 100 Black Men, Tuskegee Airmen, Kiwanis Club and a Life member of the Indianapolis Musicians Union, Local #3.

McDaniels was born in Vinesville, Alabama, the second son of Music Professor Charles A. McDaniel & Mrs. Willie Viola Selden.  He graduated from Fairfield Industrial H.S., Miles College & the Toledo Bach Conservatory and attended Indiana University for graduate studies in music and psychology.

A memorial to celebrate his life will be held on May 23 at 11 a.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church at 609 East 29th St. in

Source: Indy Jazz great Jimmy McDaniels dies at 80 - 13 WTHR


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