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This is Tadd Dameron!!

On this day in 1917 Bebop’s most influential arranger, composer and pianist was born. He arranged for Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Jimmie Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine, and Sarah Vaughan. Tadd along with lyricists Carl Sigman wrote “If You Could See Me Now” for Sarah Vaughan one of her first hit songs. Dameron composed several bop standards, including “Hot House”, “Our Delight”, “Good Bait”, and “Lady Bird”. His bands featured some of the finest in Bebop jazz  Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and Wardell Gray. 

Dameron was addicted to narcotics at the end of his career, and suffered from cancer and had several heart attacks before he died at the age of 48 of cancer in 1965.

Mating Call is an incredible album of tunes really highlighting Dameron’s compositional skill and Coltrane’s talent. “A Must Have” in you collection and one of my favorites. I return to this one quite often. Discover, Enjoy!!

  1. February 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I remember this date from years ago — I believe it was included on one of the old Prestige “twofers” under Coltran’s name. I should download it again since it’s been over 20 years since I’ve heard it. On a Misty Night is beautiful tune and one that I play often.


    P.S. I’m playing in trumpetr Richie Vitale’s group all week after hours at Dizzy’s. (Columbus Center)

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