Paul Whiteman was born into a music family as his father was a music legend, so he essentially came up with music being in his genes. At the age of 17, he got an invitation to play with Denver symphony. In 1914 he left Denver and headed to San Fransisco to play where jazz was thriving. After high school he briefly attended DU. During this time of attending college he was also playing with the Brown Palace Orchestra as well as with his father’s orchestra in Denver. During World War 1, he led a large navy band. During his time in the industry, the press dubbed him as “The King of Jazz” as he was seen as one of the premium jazz figures. As years and decades went on, Whiteman saw his popularity begin to decline, in which he eventually ended up playing and retiring in Las Vegas. In 2016, he was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
Written by: Christian Powell
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