The Paul Combs Quintet will play the music of Tadd Dameron on Sunday June 3, at the Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St., Haverhill, from 6 PM to 10 PM, and Monday, June 11 at the Press Room, 77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, NH from at 8 PM.
Tadd Dameron was one of the fathers of “Modern Jazz.” Close friend of and frequent collaborator with Dizzy Gillespie, he was known on the 1940s as the “architect of bop.” His influence extended into the 1950s and 1960s as a mentor of musicians such as Miles Davis and Benny Golson, and a primary influence on composer/arrangers such as Horace Silver, Quincy Jones, Frank Foster, and John LaBarbera, among others. Dameron’s biographer, Paul Combs has assembled a quintet dedicated to presenting Tadd’s music, much of it either unjustly neglected or previously unknown. Of course, the quintet will be playing Dameron’s well-known compositions such as “Good Bait,” “Lady Bird,” and “If You Could See Me Now,” as well.
Saxophonist Paul Combs is Tadd Dameron’s biographer. His book, Dameronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron, will be at the end of the summer of this year. In his research, he has discovered many previously unknown Dameron compositions, almost all of them more than worthy of addition to the jazz “canon.”