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by Dave Oliphant

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Cloth, 200 pages

In KD: a Jazz Biography, noted poet and jazz historian Dave Oliphant has written in nearly 200 pages of tightly-constructed rhymed quatrains the first biography of internationally-acclaimed Texas jazz trumpeter Kenny Dorham (1924-1972).

Beginning in 1963 with Dorham's recordings with jazz musicians in Denmark, this book-length poem in seventeen "chapters" or cantos traces the story of the Texan's career of performing and recording with the greatest musicians of the bop and hard bop eras in jazz history (from Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins and Max Roach to John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy, among countless others).

After surveying some of the outstanding jazzmen like Dorham who performed in Scandinavia, Oliphant chronicles the trumpeter's early years in Texas and then moves on to his time in New York with "Bird" Parker, a short period in California, his return to the Big Apple, his "have horn will travel" experiences in Paris, South America, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, and his many associations with the top musicians of his day, as well as his role as a leader of recording sessions and of his lamentably short-lived group the Jazz Prophets.

Although Dorham worked in the shadow of trumpeters Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Clifford Brown, he remains today something of a cult figure whose stature has only increased since his premature death at age 48.

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ISBN 9780916727956
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