Noble Sissle was one of African-American music's unsung
tradition-builders. As half of the duo that composed “Shuffle
Along,” he helped to bring creativity to a new level on the
Broadway stage. As a bandleader, Sissle nurtured the
careers of vocalist Lena Horne and other important
musicians, and he participated fundamentally in the
popularization of jazz and pop in Europe.
Sissle was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 10, 1889.
His father was a minister and church organist, and his first
musical appearances came as a boy soprano in a
Methodist church choir. Sissle studied music in the public
schools of Indianapolis and Cleveland, Ohio, where his
family moved for a time