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Dean, Demas

Howard Rye

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2002 |
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Sag Harbor, NY, Oct 6, 1903). American trumpeter. He began playing cornet at the age of ten, and later studied violin. He first worked professionally when he was still in high school, and while studying at Howard University (1922–3) he played with a number of bandleaders, including Elmer Snowden. In 1923–4 he toured and recorded with Lucille Hegamin. Later he worked in New York with Billy Butler (1925) and others, and in Palm Beach, Florida, with an orchestra led by Ford Dabney (winter 1925–6), after which he was a member of Leon Abbey’s Savoy Bearcats (1926–7). He toured South America with Abbey (from May 1927) and then returned to New York. While playing in the pit band for Blackbirds of 1928 he made some recordings with Bessie Smith (among them Thinking Blues, 1928, Col. 14292D, and Standin’ in the Rain Blues...

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Subjects: Jazz ; Contemporary Music

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