Definition of Paul Whiteman from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Paul Whiteman

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(1890-1967) a US musician, also known as the 'King of Jazz', who led bands and orchestras playing 'symphonic jazz', a mixture of jazz and classical music. George Gershwin wrote Rhapsody in Blue for Whiteman's orchestra, and they were the first to play it in 1924. The orchestra made a European tour in 1926 and played at the Albert Hall in London.