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Wed, 10.05.1881

Tim Brymn, Jazz Bandleader born

Tim Brymn

Tim Brymn was born on this date in 1881. He was a Black musical conductor, arranger, and composer.

James "Tim" Brymn was from Kinston, N.C., and was educated at the Christian Institute and Shaw University. He also attended the National Conservatory of Music. Brymn moved to New York around the turn of the 20th century and soon began composing. In 1905 he wrote five songs that were probably used in what became known as the Smart Set shows. They included "Morning, Noon, and Night," "O-San," "Powhatana," "Travel On," and "Darktown Grenadiers."

Brymn worked with Sissle & Blake and later served as a Clef Club musical director, and also led orchestras at Ziegfeld's Roof Garden and Reisenweber's Jardin de Dance.  Brymn's 70-piece orchestra, The Black Devils, was very popular during WWI. They were the musical unit for the Army’s 350th Artillery, AEF, and Willie "The Lion" Smith also served in the same unit. Brymn's band was described as "a military symphony engaged in a battle of jazz."

He joined ASCAP in 1933. Tim Brymn died in New York City on October 3, 1946.

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