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November 30, 1964: Don Redman died in New York City


Known throughout the world as one of the 20th century’s major jazz composers, Donald Mathew Redman (July 29, 1900-November 30, 1964) was a pivotal figure in the evolution of that American art form. Known as “the little giant of jazz,” Redman was a multi-instrumentalist whose innovative arrangements laid the foundation for the big band era.

Born in Piedmont, Redman was a child prodigy who learned to play most orchestral instruments. He graduated from

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