Personalities | Don Redman | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Alto saxophone, clarinet, vocals, composer, arranger, 1900–64)

Renowned for crafting the polished sound of the mid-1920s Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, Redman’s innovative arrangements pre-dated the swing era by a decade. His sophisticated compositions were significantly affected by the driving, swinging trumpet work of Louis Armstrong, who played in Henderson’s orchestra throughout 1924. The conservatory-trained arranger left Henderson’s band in 1927 to become musical director of McKinney’s Cotton Pickers for four years, then led his own big band from 1931–41.

Styles & Forms | Twenties | Jazz & Blues
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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