Theodore Navarro, 24 September 1923, Key West, Florida, USA, d. 7 July 1950, New York City, New York, USA. After starting to learn the tenor saxophone and piano, Navarro opted for trumpet and by his mid-teens was playing professionally. In 1943 he joined the Andy Kirk band, working alongside Howard McGhee, and two years later was in the trumpet section of Billy Eckstines bebop-orientated big band. He later settled in New York, where he played with leading beboppers such as McGhee, Kenny Clarke, Ernie Henry, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Leo Parker, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie, the last of whom he had replaced in the Eckstine band. Navarro also played with mainstreamers such as Coleman Hawkins and Eddie Lockjaw Davis.
Most of these musical associations resulted in a legacy of fine recordings, with the Dameron sessions proving to be especially fruitful. During his short life Navarro displayed a precocious...
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