|Tags:||swing jazz big band american|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Donald Matthew Redman, 29 July 1900, Piedmont, West Virginia, USA, d. 30 November 1964, New York City, New York, USA. A gifted child, alto saxophonist Redman studied extensively and by his graduation had mastered most of the wind instruments and was also adept at arranging. He then joined a territory band based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with whom he visited New York. This was in 1923 and by the following year he had begun a musical relationship with Fletcher Henderson that was to alter perceptions of big band jazz. In 1927 he took over leadership of McKinneys Cotton Pickers, continuing to develop the arranging style with which he had experimented while with Henderson. In 1931 Redman formed his own band which remained in existence for almost a decade. During this period Redman wrote charts for numerous other big bands and after his own unit folded he pursued this aspect of his career, writing for Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Harry James and...