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 Hamptons 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 Parkers quintet, and in 1954 joined Horace Silver in the first edition of what became Art Blakeys long-running Jazz Messengers. He also worked with Max Roach (stepping in when Roachs co-leader, Clifford Brown, was killed), Sonny Rollins and Charles Mingus.
From the mid-50s onwards Dorham...
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