Tadley "Tadd" Dameron, born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 21, 1917, was an influential pianist who has come to be considered a definitive composer and arranger of bebop.
He also did arranging work outside of bebop for swing artists such as Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, and Sarah Vaughan, and was the composer of a number of standards including "Hot House", and "Good Bait" originally written for Count Basie's Orchestra.
After leading his own group in New York during the late 1940s, Dameron attended the 1949 Paris Jazz Festival where he performed with Miles Davis.
In 1961 he also wrote scores for the recordings of Sonny Stitt, Milt Jackson, and Blue Mitchell.
His bands featured jazz's top players including Fats Navarro, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and Wardell Gray.
After the formation of his final group with Clifford Brown in 1953 Tadd Dameron's health began to decline culminating with his death from cancer on March 8, 1965 at the age of forty-eight.
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