Paul Combs Quintet Plays Tadd Dameron

Ssaturday, February 23, 8:00
Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824 – 978-250-3780

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,” “Hot House,” and “Lady Bird,” as well.

Saxophonist Paul Combs is Tadd Dameron’s biographer. His book, Dameronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron, has been published by University of Michigan Press. In his research, he has discovered many previously unknown Dameron compositions, almost all of them more than worthy of addition to the jazz “canon.” The veteran saxophonist has performed in the Boston area for the last thirty years, as well as nationally. He has recorded as both a leader and a sideman.His most recent CD is “Paul Combs’ Pocket Big Band – Live At Chit Chat,” Sea Breeze Jazz SB-3073. []

Saxophonist Jim Cameron has performed internationally at jazz clubs, concerts and at festivals around the world, including London, Tokyo, and Vancouver. Jim can be heard on several CDs from such labels as Brownstone, GM and Sea Breeze. He currently divides his time playing in three big bands, Paul Combs’ Pocket Big Band, a sextet and various smaller jazz ensembles in the New England  area. Hi most recent CD is “Disturbing the Air,” Invisible Music IM-2046

Pianist Don Hemwall established himself in the Boston area late 1970s after studying at Berklee and the New England Conservatory. He currently performs with his own trio and quartet, as well as a solo pianist. He is also a charter member of the Pocket Big band and has worked with Paul Combs in several other of his bands. He can be hard on the “Live At Chit Chat” CD, as well as Paul Combs’ “Be Bop Christmas Card'” BoMuse Transcriptions BTCD 1004. []

Bassist Herman Hampton is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music where he teaches in the Ensemble Department. A graduate of both the University of Massachusetts Amherst and  Berklee College, he performs extensively in the Boston area not only in jazz, but blues and Latin music, as well. He has performed with Yusef Lateef, Jay McShann, and Archie Shepp. He can be heard on several recordings, including  Philippe Le Jeune’s  “NIght Mist Blues,”  Black & Blue 701.2.

Drummer Stanley Swann is one of the Boston area’s busiest. After 20 years playing drums in various bands in the U.S. Air Force, he quickly established himself on the Boston scene with his virtuosity and versatility. He has been a long time associate of Paul Combs, having recorded two CDs with him. Like others in the band Stanley is also involved in education and is the founder and director of the Lowell Jazz Day Camp. This past fall he toured Russia with Trombonist Ron Wilkins.