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Tadley Ewing Peake Dameron, 21 February 1917, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 8 March 1965, New York City, New York, USA. Damerons early career found him working in several territory bands including those of Freddie Webster, Zack Whyte and Blanche Calloway, for whom he played piano and wrote arrangements. His first major impact on jazz came in 1939 when he joined Harlan Leonards Kansas City-based band, the Rockets. One of the best of the lesser-known KC bands, the Rockets achieved considerable success in the Midwest and Damerons charts for his own tunes A La Bridges and Dameron Stomp were outstanding, the first featuring Henry Bridges with both numbers giving solo space to the magnificent trombonist Fred Beckett. Damerons arrangements subtly combined the loping swing which characterized KC bands, and the new ideas entering jazz from the bebop movement.
During the early 40s, Dameron often sat in on New...