Dick Sudhalter

Decades: 1980s 1990s


Richard Merrill Sudhalter, 28 December 1928, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Sudhalter played as an amateur while engaged in a career in journalism. Playing cornet in various parts of the USA and UK, he established a quiet reputation mostly amongst musicians. As he expanded his career in music, Sudhalter’s virtues as a player and a tireless organizer became more widely apparent. He was involved in the creation of the New Paul Whiteman Orchestra and also worked with Bobby Hackett, Keith Nichols, the New York Jazz Repertory Company and others in faithful but undogmatic recreations of early jazz, in particular the music of Bix Beiderbecke. His interest in the life and career of Beiderbecke led him to write the biography, Bix: Man And Legend, and his other writings have extended into the New York Post. His late 80s and early 90s playing ventures include performances with Dick Wellstood and Marty Grosz in the band known as the Classic Jazz Quartet, and with Loren...

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