Jimmie Lunceford began his career as a teacher in Memphis, Tennessee, where he formed a student band, the Chickasaw Syncopators. The Syncopators morphed into the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. The band played swing and found it’s first success at the Cotton Club in New York. The Lunceford Orchestra, with the help of trumpeter and arranger Sy Oliver, became know for tight ensemble work, the comedic way in which they presented their music, and the “Lunceford two-beat.” Be sure to read the Wikipedia article on Lunceford’s contributions to jazz. Interesting stuff!