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Dorothy Donegan

Born: April 6, 1924 | Died: May 19, 1998    Primary Instrument: Piano

Dorothy Donegan

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Dorothy Donegan's command of the piano was nothing short of breathtaking. No one since Art Tatum brought together a flow of running lines, breaks, changes of tempo or key, oblique references and rhythmic intensity as skillfully as Miss Donegan did. She was one of the nation’s most respected but little known jazz artists who certainly should have enjoyed greater recognition and appreciation of her talent and contribution to jazz.

She began her piano studies at 8. Dorothy loved the classics and she made her concert debut at Orchestra Hall in Chicago at the age of 18. She was the first Black Artist to play that prestigious venue. Dorothy soon became prominent in Jazz. The Legendary Art Tatum sought her out and became her mentor....
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