Kenny Dorham

Genres: Jazz
Tags: jazz trumpet bebop hard bop swing Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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McKinley Howard Dorham, 30 August 1924, Fairfield, Texas, USA, d. 5 December 1972, New York City, New York, USA. After learning to play trumpet while at high school, Dorham played in several late 40s big bands, including Lionel Hampton’s and, more significantly given his musical leanings, the bop-orientated outfits of Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine. He was originally known as Kinny (a diminutive for McKinley) and this was how his name appeared on record labels. He was persistently misspelled and eventually gave in to public ignorance and changed to Kenny. In 1948 he succeeded Miles Davis as trumpeter with Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker’s quintet, and in 1954 joined Horace Silver in the first edition of what became Art Blakey’s long-running Jazz Messengers. He also worked with Max Roach (stepping in when Roach’s co-leader, Clifford Brown, was killed), Sonny Rollins and Charles Mingus.

From the mid-50s onwards Dorham...

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