|Birth: nr Fairfield, TX, 30 Aug 1924|
Professional Career: big bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine(1945), Charlie
Parker Quintet(1948-9), Jazz Messengers(1954), Jazz Prophets(1954), Max Roach
Quintet(1956-58), Joe Henderson Quintet(mid-1960s)
Selected Recordings: As leader: Blue Spring(1959), Quiet Kenny(1959), As a sideman: S. Rollins: Sonny Rollins Quintet(1954), J. Henderson: In 'n' Out(1964)
His early career began playing with swing orchestras and bop big bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine in 1945 while also appearing as a blues singer with Gillespie. From there he joined Charlie Parker's quintet from the years of 1948 to 1949. In 1954 he was a founding member of the Jazz Messengers while also leading a similar group called the Jazz Prophets. Replacing Clifford Brown, he played in Max Roach's quintet from 1956 to 1958. He also appeared in the films Les liaisons dangereuses and Un temoin dans la ville in 1959. During the mid-1960s, he led a quintet with Joe Henderson from which he recorded a series of records. Dorham's style of trumpet playing revolved around melodic invention and tonal nuance. He was always responsive to new sounds and continued to broaden the expressiveness of this instrument throughout his career. As he once stated, " If you keep on living, you have to keep on growing. That is, if you keep your feelings and your ears open."