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Armand J. Piron

Born: Aug 16, 1888

Death: Feb 17, 1943

Birthplace: New Orleans

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Armand J. Piron

Date of Birth : Aug 16, 1888
Date of Death : Feb 17, 1943
Birth Place : New Orleans

Armand John "A.J." Piron was an American jazz violinist, band leader, and composer. In 1915, Piron and Clarence Williams together started the Piron and Williams Publishing Company, and in their first year of business published Piron's composition, “I Wish That I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate”, which became his biggest hit. After touring briefly with W.C. Handy in 1917, he started an orchestra under his own name, which soon included such notables as Lorenzo Tio and Steve Lewis. Piron's New Orleans Orchestra quickly became the best paid African American band in New Orleans, for Piron landed regular jobs at both the Spanish Fort amusement park and the exclusive white New Orleans Country Club. In 1923, Piron took his band to New York City as part of his ambition to make the group nationally known. He succeeded in making a hit there, landing a residency at the Roseland Ballroom, and making recordings for three different companies, Okeh, Victor and Columbia. The influence of Piron's band on the New York scene can be heard in the records of other New York bands of that time, such as Fletcher Henderson's.


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