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August 30, 1924 December 5, 1972


One of the finest - and most underrated - trumpet players in the bop and hard bop era.

He traveled in very rarified circles...playing in the big bands of Lionel Hampton, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie and Mercer Ellington. He also performed with Charlie Parker.

Dorham was a charter member of the original Jazz Messengers and also did sessions with Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. He was the trumpeter who replaced Clifford Brown in the Max Roach Quintet after Brown's tragic death in 1956.

Video of Dorham is very scarce. Luckily recordings are easy to find.

Here are some of the albums he appeared on as a leader:

1953: Kenny Dorham Quintet
1955: Afro-Cuban (Blue Note)
1956: 'Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia (Blue Note)
1957: Jazz Contrasts (Riverside) featuring Sonny Rollins
1957: 2 Horns / 2 Rhythm (Riverside) featuring Ernie Henry
1958: This Is the Moment! (Riverside)
1959: Blue Spring (Riverside) with Cannonball Adderley
1959: Quiet Kenny (New Jazz)
1960: The Kenny Dorham Memorial Album (Xanadu)
1960: Jazz Contemporary (Time)
1960: Showboat (Time)
1961: Whistle Stop (Blue Note)
1961: Inta Somethin' (Pacific Jazz)
1962: Matador (United Artists)
1963: Una Mas (Blue Note)
1963: Scandia Skies (SteepleChase)
1963: Short Story (SteepleChase)
1964: Trompeta Toccata (Blue Note)



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