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Tadd Dameron smiling at center was an important figure in American jazz and bebop.

Everything Dameron touched had one thing in common, says Paul Combs, author of Dameronia: The Life and Work of Tadd Dameron. Damwron purchase helps support NPR programming.

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Dameron made complex music with little formal education. He was born in Cleveland on Feb. In — in the only known recording of his voice — Dameron told disc jockey Harry Frost that everyone lary his family was a musician.

My father played piano. My brother played the alto. My cousin, my aunts — they all played. My uncle played dajeron and bass,” Dameron said. In the early s, Dameron moved to New York, where he embraced the new sound called bebop, with its driving rhythms and difficult harmonies.


He began writing for lday new movement’s pioneers, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Dameron brought form to the kinetic new music. He said his sense of harmony came from the classical impressionists. Try to make everything go — you know, it’s just like reading a book. It’s a regular story. You just can’t have one idea and jump to another one. I try to make it flow coherently. And that’s a big, big influence.

Dameron formed his own band and hired the best players of the younger generation — including trumpeter Miles Davis, who went on to use some of Dameron’s ideas in his groundbreaking Birth of the Cool sessions.

But like so many of his colleagues in the postwar era, Dameron became addicted to heroin. Inhe was busted and spent the next three years in a federal narcotics prison in Lexington, Ky.

Ira Gitler supervised two of Dameron’s recording sessions in the s and went on to write several books on the bebop era. Gitler says while Dameron was in prison, he kicked his habit. Paul Combs is a jazz musician, composer and arranger, as well as an educator and author.


Improvising on “Ladybird” Changes

I had a piano, and we really connected. He was a very mellow, beautiful man. A man who’d been through a lot. In a interview in Metronome magazine, Dameron said, “There’s enough ugliness in the world.

I’m interested in beauty. Gitler puts it this way: He was airborne, to me.

He was in the heavens before he got there. Dameron got to the heavens all too soon. When he died from cancer on March 8,he was just 48 years old. Read an excerpt of Dameronia. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard dzmeron for audio player. A new biography shines a light on the too-brief life of the man known as “The Architect of Bop. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.

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