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01 November 2022

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Tadd Dameron – Phantom Dancer 1 Nov 2022

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Tadd Dameron, U.S jazz composer, arranger, and pianist, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. He was the most influential arranger of the bebop era. He also wrote charts for swing and hard bop players.

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TADD

Tadd Dameron arranged for Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Jimmie Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan.  His greatest influences were George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.

In 1940-41 he was the piano player and arranger for the Kansas City band Harlan Leonard and his Rockets. With lyricist Carl Sigman he wrote “If You Could See Me Now” for Sarah Vaughan and it became one of her first signature songs.

In the late 1940s, Dameron wrote arrangements for Gillespie’s big band, who gave the première of his large-scale orchestral piece Soulphony in Three Hearts at Carnegie Hall in 1948.

That same year, as you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer, Dameron led his own group in New York, which included Fats Navarro.

In 1949 he was at the Paris Jazz Festival playing piano for  Miles Davis.

From 1961 he scored recordings by Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and Blue Mitchell.

He arranged and played for rhythm and blues musician Bull Moose Jackson. Playing for Jackson at that same time was Benny Golson, who was to become a jazz composer in his own right. Golson has said that Dameron was the most important influence on his writing.

DAMERON

Dameron composed several bop and swing standards, including “Hot House”, “If You Could See Me Now”, “Our Delight”, “Good Bait” (composed for Count Basie) and “Lady Bird”.

His bands from the late 1940s and early 1950s featured leading players such as Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Wardell Gray, and Clifford Brown. 

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In 1956 he led two sessions based on his compositions, released as the 1956 album “Fontainebleau” and the 1957 album “Mating Call”. The latter featured John Coltrane.

Dameron developed a drug addiction by the end of his career. He was arrested on drug charges in 1957 and 1958, and served time (1959–60) in a federal prison hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

After his release, Dameron recorded a single notable project as a leader, The Magic Touch, but was sidelined by health problems. He had several heart attacks before dying of cancer in 1965, at the age of 48. 

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 1 November 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
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5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
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2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
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Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
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Set 1
Count Basie
Open + One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Dinah
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
2 Oct 1945
Baby, Won’t You Pleae Come Home?
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
2 Oct 1945
Basie Boogie
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
2 Oct 1945
Rock-a-Bye BasieCount Basie Orchestra (ts) Illinois Jacquet
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
2 Oct 1945
Set 2
Selling Soft Drink
Coca Cola Waltz (theme) + Instrumental
Walter Blaufuss and the The Refreshment Club Orchestra
‘The Refreshment Club’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
23 Nov 1936
Running a Temperature + Stepping Out to the Opera
Joan and The Escorts
‘The Refreshment Club’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
23 Nov 1936
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Helen Jane Balke
‘The Refreshment Club’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
23 Nov 1936
Tom Tom’s Drum + Sing, Baby, Sing + Close
Walter Blaufuss and the The Refreshment Club Orchestra
‘The Refreshment Club’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
23 Nov 1936
Set 3
Benny Goodman
So In Love
Benny Goodman Orchestra  (voc) Terri Swopes
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Mar 1949
Blue Lou
Benny Goodman Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Mar 1949
Don’t Worry About Me
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Buddy Greco
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Mar 1949
El Greco + Let’s Dance (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Mar 1949
Set 4
Tadd Dameron
Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid (theme) + The Squirrel
Tadd Dameron Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
28 Aug 1948
Good Bait + Anthropology
Tadd Dameron Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
28 Aug 1948
Kitchenette Across the Hall
Tadd Dameron Quintet (voc) Pancho Kenny Hagood
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
28 Aug 1948
Rifftide (Lady Be Good) + Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid (theme)
Tadd Dameron Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
28 Aug 1948
Set 5
Trad Jazz
These Foolish Things
Joe Bushkin (piano) Benny Morton (tb)
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WPIX TV NYC
13 Dec 1948
Someday
Louis Armstrong
Wintergarden Theatre
WNBC NBC NYC
19 Jun 1947
Indiana
Billy Butterfield
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Blue Network
27 Jan 1945
Riverside Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
11 Apr 1953
Set 6
The Golden Seven
Darf ich bitten
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Apr 1936
Granada (In a Little Spanish Town)
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
May 1938
Oh! Aha!
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Rudi Schuericke Terzett
Comm Rec
Berlin
Feb 1939
Die Uhr Schlaegt 8
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Apr 1938
Set 7
1930s Swing
Do the New York
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles
1931
The Music Goes Round and Round
Paul Whiteman Orchestra‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
19 Jan 1936
Moten Swing + King Poeter Stomp
Count Basie Orchestra
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jan 1937
You Turned the Tables on Me + Song is Ended (theme)
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
‘Norge Program’
Radio Transcription
NYC
1937
Set 8
Modern Jazz
Four in a Bar
Paul Baron Sextet
‘Music til Midnight’
WABC CBS NYC
1944
Ridin’ High
Benny Goodman orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
‘Texaco Show’
NBC TV
9 Apr 1957
Undecided (theme) + st Louis Blues
Charlie Shavers Quartet
‘London House’
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
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