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]

The polka is originally a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. The polka remains a popular folk music genre in many European countries, and is performed by folk artists in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Croatia and Finland, and to a lesser extent in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Ukraine, Romania, Belarus, Russia, and Slovakia. Local varieties of this dance are also found in the Nordic countries, Spain's Basque Country, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America and the United States.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

The Grammy Award for Best Polka Album was an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality polka albums. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".


Past band members Thomas 'Tom' Karas. Accordion/keyboard 1983-1989


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]

Carnegie Hall concert hall in New York City

Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States, located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east side of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street, two blocks south of Central Park.

Palace of Culture large house of culture (thus named especially in Socialist societies)

Palace of Culture or House of Culture was the name for major club-houses in the Soviet Union and the rest of the Eastern bloc.

Warsaw City metropolis in Masovia, Poland

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. The metropolis stands on the Vistula River in east-central Poland and its population is officially estimated at 1.770 million residents within a greater metropolitan area of 3.1 million residents, which makes Warsaw the 8th most-populous capital city in the European Union. The city limits cover 516.9 square kilometres (199.6 sq mi), while the metropolitan area covers 6,100.43 square kilometres (2,355.39 sq mi). Warsaw is an alpha global city, a major international tourist destination, and a significant cultural, political and economic hub. Its historical Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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]


WTBQ is an independent radio station broadcasting from Warwick, New York. The last locally owned radio station in Orange County, New York, WTBQ broadcasts on 1110 AM and 93.5 FM, throughout Orange County and Northern New Jersey. The station has a diversified format consisting of news, oldies music, specialty music shows, talk shows, and specialty programming.

Florida, Orange County, New York Village in New York, United States

Florida is a village in Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 2,833 at the 2010 census estimates. It is part of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. The village is located in the town of Warwick, with two small northern portions in the town of Goshen. Florida is at the convergence of Routes 17A, 25, and 94.


<i>Come Share the Wine</i> 2007 studio album by Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra

Come Share the Wine is an album by Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra, released through Rounder Records on August 21, 2007. In 2008, the album won the group the Grammy Award for Best Polka Album.

<i>Gone Polka</i> 2001 studio album by Jimmy Sturr

Gone Polka is an album by Jimmy Sturr, released through Rounder Records on September 25, 2001. In 2002, the album won Sturr the Grammy Award for Best Polka Album.

Willie Nelson American country music singer-songwriter

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  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
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