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August 30, 1924 - December 5, 1972


Kenny Dorham is feature performing in a rare clip from the 1960s.

Growing up in Fairfield, Texas where he was born in 1924, Kenny Dorham's musical interests caused him to pursue the trumpet.

While attending college he was recruited by the bands of Billy Eckstine and Dizzy Gillespie and would later perform with Lionel Hampton, and Mercer Ellington.

In 1946 Dorham recorded with the "Be Bop Boys" on Savoy before spending less than a year with Charlie Parker's Quintet between 1948 and 1949.

He would make his recording debut as leader with the 1953 LP release titled "Kenny Dorham Quintet" and recorded extensively over the next decade.

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.

Although he was often acknowledged among bops most gifted and active trumpeters, Dorham like so many great jazz artist never received the recognition in life that he truly deserved.

After spending his final years ill with kidney disease, Kenny Dorham died on December 5, 1972.



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