Dameron, Tadd [Tadley Ewing Peake]
- Max Harrison
[Tadley Ewing Peake]
(b Cleveland, Feb 21, 1917; d New York, March 8, 1965). American jazz composer, arranger, bandleader and pianist. After working with lesser-known groups he joined that of Harlan Leonard, for which he scored many arrangements, including Dameron Stomp and A la Bridges; he also wrote for Jimmie Lunceford, Coleman Hawkins (Half step down, please, 1947, Vic.) and Sarah Vaughan (If you could see me now, 1946, Musi.). In the late 1940s Dameron wrote arrangements for the big band of Dizzy Gillespie, who gave the première of his large-scale orchestral piece Soulphony at Carnegie Hall in 1948. Also in 1948 Dameron led his own group in New York, which included Fats Navarro; the following year he was at the Paris Jazz Fair with Miles Davis. After forming another group of his own with Clifford Brown in 1953, he became inactive on account of a problem with drugs, which led to his imprisonment in ...