18-time Grammy winner Jimmy Sturr honored with Orange Arts award


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FLORIDA — The Orange County Arts Council will honor Florida, N.Y., musician Jimmy Sturr at its awards dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Motorcyclepedia Museum, 250 Lake St., Newburgh.

The winner of 18 Grammy Awards, Sturr is the highest Grammy-winning polka artist in history. A trumpeter, clarinetist, saxophonist and leader of Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, he continues to perform throughout the country travelling in a 45-foot customized tour bus, returning then to his hometown of Florida, where he's lived his entire life.

Sturr will be recognized not only for his display of exemplary leadership and work demonstrating exceptional achievement as a musician, but also as volunteer in support of veteran’s and veteran causes.

Sturr said he was always interested in combining styles of music.

“One of the things that I did that I always enjoyed, I went back to the 1950s and 1960s and took some rock and roll songs like 'Splish Splash' and 'Kansas City,' and I recorded them as polkas,” he said.

Sturr joins a select group of honorees to be awarded at the 2017 Orange County Art Awards.

The Orange County Arts Council’s mission is to champion the arts, connect artists with audiences, and foster the growth of the county's creative resources. For more information call 469-9168.

Sturr's awards and accolades

Eighteen Grammy Awards
Most consecutive Grammy nominations in the history of musical awards
Five gold albums
The Commendation of Excellence by Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI)
Four recordings with Willie Nelson
Multiple recordings with The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Bela Fleck and Arlo Guthrie
Grand Ole Opry appearance
Appearances on CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX NEWS and on CNN Headline News airing worldwide
Appearances on Saturday Night Live
Television commercials including Budweiser, Pontiac, and Mrs. T’s Pierogies as a National spokesperson
National television programming on the RFDTV network on Direct TV Channel 345, Dish Network Channel 231 and on Family Net
National syndicated programming on Sirius XM rural/radio Channel 80
Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City and The Palace of Culture in Warsaw, Poland performances
Annual appearances at Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT; The Tropicana and Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ; Patowatomi Casino, Milwaukee, WI; Soaring Eagle, Mt. Pleasant, MI The Presidents Casino in Biloxi, MS; Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort, Chester, WV and Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
Operates United Polka Artists, Starr Record Company, Jimmy Sturr Travel Agency, a publishing company and his syndicated radio show


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