Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

Don Redman

Don Redman is considered the first jazz composer/arranger by many. He was also the first musician with both the inspiration and academic knowledge for this style of music. In short, he invented jazz writing for the big band, not only writing separate parts for reed and brass “choirs”, leaving room for hot solos, but putting sections in opposition which solved the problems of the new style, thus showing everyone else how to do it.

His brother led a band in Cumberland, Maryland and his father was a noted music teacher and had performed in a brass band. His mother was a singer. Don began playing the trumpet at the age of three, joined his first band at 6 and by the age of 12 was proficient on all wind instruments including the oboe.

Read more
Under the Radar
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

3 Photos

Discography

Similar

Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong
trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
vocalist
Earl Hines Earl Hines
piano
Erskine Hawkins Erskine Hawkins
trumpet
Chick Webb Chick Webb
drums
Stan Kenton Stan Kenton
piano
Cab Calloway Cab Calloway
composer/conductor
Lionel Hampton Lionel Hampton
vibraphone
Hot Lips Page Hot Lips Page
trumpet
Support our sponsor

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Premium Profiles

Jon Dreyer Jon Dreyer
bass, acoustic
Danny Freyer Danny Freyer
vocalist
Phil Allen Phil Allen
trombone
Sal La Rocca Sal La Rocca
bass, acoustic
Fernanda Cunha Fernanda Cunha
vocalist
Quinsin Nachoff Quinsin Nachoff
saxophone
Tony Adamo Tony Adamo
vocalist
Mike Vaccaro Mike Vaccaro
reeds
Anton Schwartz Anton Schwartz
sax, tenor
Suzanne Grzanna Suzanne Grzanna
sax, alto
Synia Carroll Synia Carroll
vocalist
La Tanya Hall La Tanya Hall
vocalist

New Service For Musicians!

Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with Premium Musician Profile.