Leo Reisman

Leo (F.) Reisman (October 11, 1897 – December 18, 1961) was an American violinist and bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s. Born and reared in Boston, he was of Jewish ancestry; from German immigrants who immigrated to the United States in the 19th century. Inspired by the Russian-American violinist Jascha Heifetz, Reisman studied violin as a young man. After being rejected by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he formed his own band in 1919. He became famous for having over 80 hits on the popular charts during his career. Jerome Kern called Reisman's orchestra "The String Quartet of Dance Bands".

Birth and Death Data: Born October 11th, 1897 (Boston), Died December 18th, 1961 (Miami)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, leader, vocalist, arranger, speaker, piano, songwriter


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Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Reisman, Leo," accessed June 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105527.

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