Jimmy Sturr

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Jimmy Sturr
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Sturr in 2009
Background information
Birth nameJames William Sturr, Jr.
Born (1941-09-25) September 25, 1941 (age 77)
Warwick, New York, United States
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

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

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 channel, Rural Radio. [5]


Band members

Main Band Members

Other Band Members/Reoccurring Members

Past Band Members


  1. 1 2 Sisario, Ben (February 5, 2006). "The Polka King Rolls Out the Barrel for the 19th Time". The New York Times . Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  2. https://www.carnegiehall.org/PerformanceHistorySearch/#!search=jimmy%20sturr
  3. http://fultonhistory.com/highlighter/viewer/?file=http%3A%2F%2Ffultonhistory.com%2FNewpapers%2520Disk2%2FAuburn%2520NY%2520Citizen%2520Advertiser%2FAuburn%2520NY%2520Citizen%2520Advertiser%25201985.pdf%2FNewspaper%2520Auburn%2520NY%2520Citizen%2520Advertiser%25201985%2520-%25204564.PDF&highlightsFile=http%3A%2F%2Ffultonhistory.com%2Fhighlighter%2Fhits%2F7d820ff77de8cd87885f5f4af0c858a5#page=1
  4. WTBQ
  5. "Weekly Schedule - Rural Radio". SiriusXM. Retrieved 2017-04-08.