Rendell, Don(ald Percy)
- Mark Gilbert
(b Plymouth, England, March 4, 1926; d London, Oct 20, 2015). English tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist. He grew up in a musical family and learned piano from the age of five; he took up alto saxophone in 1942 and changed to the tenor instrument when he turned professional the following year. Following early experience in bands led by the trumpeter Duncan Whyte (1944–5), the saxophonist George Evans (1946), and the violinist Oscar Rabin (1947–9) he played with John Dankworth’s septet (March 1950–1953), one of the most important bop-influenced British groups of the period. In 1954 he formed a sextet, and in 1955 he led a band that accompanied Billie Holiday in Manchester. After working with Tony Crombie (spring 1955) and Ted Heath’s band (summer 1955 – March 1956) he undertook a European tour with the Stan Kenton Orchestra (spring ...