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the leader of a musical band, especially a dance band.
Contemporary Examples

She was discovered in 1954 by bandleader Johhny Otis, who spotted her singing on a San Francisco street corner.
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She was discovered in 1954 by bandleader Johnny Otis, who spotted her singing on a San Francisco street corner.
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Jackson, standing beside the Cadillac, introduced King to Ben Branch, a saxophonist and bandleader originally from Memphis.
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