Tadd Dameron
Born: 1917

Tadd Dameron as a composer and arranger was the man
who in the 1940s and ‘50s was among the first to use the
sometimes raw and undisciplined devices of the then-
new style of jazz called bebop in well-developed
arrangements for big bands and small groups. Perhaps
more than any other musician, Dameron added form to
the then-emerging style of bop.

Born in Cleveland in 1917, Dameron grew up with music
all around him, his mother first taught him to play piano,
“not to read, but by memory.”… Continue

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