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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-11-19
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Dameroniais the first authoritative biography of Tadd Dameron, an important and widely influential figure in jazz history as one of the most significant composers and arrangers of jazz, swing, bebop, and big band. He arranged for names like Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Jimmie Lunceford, and Dizzy Gillespie and played with Bull Moose Jackson and Benny Golson. This book sets out to clarify Dameron's place in the development of jazz in the post-WWII era. It also attempts to shed light on the tragedy of his retreat from the center of jazz activity in the 1950s. By tracing Dameron's career, one finds that until 1958, when he was incarcerated for drug related offenses, he was at the forefront of developments in jazz, sometimes anticipating trends that would not develop fully for several years. Dameron was also an important influence on several high-profile musicians, including Miles Davis, Benny Golson, and Frank Foster. Dameron was a very private man, and while in some aspects of his life he will probably remain an enigma, this book manages to give an intimate portrait of his life at a couple of key stages: the height of his career in 1949 and the brief but productive period between his release from prison and his death.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Early Daysp. 1
The Early 1940s-Kansas Cityp. 13
The Early 1940s-New Yorkp. 29
The Architect of Bopp. 41
1947-Into the Limelightp. 66
1948-The Royal Roostp. 83
1949-International Famep. 95
1950-55-Into the Shadowsp. 114
1956-Back in Actionp. 134
1957-1961-Incarcerationp. 147
1961-1962-Releasep. 157
The Final Sessionsp. 174
"Le F˘ret"-The Legacy of Tadd Dameronp. 189
Notesp. 207
Comprehensive Indexp. 235
Musical Works Indexp. 259
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