Redman, Don

Redman, (Donald Matthew) Don

(1900–64) jazz musician; born in Piedmont, W.Va. He was a woodwind player and an innovator of swing-style jazz orchestration. Between 1923 and 1927, he wrote arrangements for Fletcher Henderson, and then led McKinney's Cotton Pickers and his own band until 1941. He served as music director for Pearl Bailey in the 1950s.
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