Don Kirkpatrick

Jazz pianist. Born 17 June 1905. Died 13 May 1956
Don Kirkpatrick
Don Kirkpatrick

Don Kirkpatrick Biography (Wikipedia)

Don Kirkpatrick (June 17, 1905 - May 13, 1956) was an American jazz pianist and arranger.

Kirkpatrick worked intermittently with Chick Webb between 1927-1937 and with Don Redman from 1933-1937; it is for these associations that he is best known. Aside from this, he worked with Harry White, Elmer Snowden, Zutty Singleton, and Mezz Mezzrow, and worked as a freelance arranger after his time with Webb and Redman. Kirkpatrick also arranged for the bands of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Cootie Williams.

After the swing era, Kirkpatrick played with Bunk Johnson (1947), Sidney Bechet (1951), Wilbur De Paris (1952–55), and Doc Cheatham (1955). He never led his own recording session. In 1956 he died at age 50 of complications from pneumonia.

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