Madd For Tadd™ breathes new life into the music of Tadd Dameron’s last album “The Magic Touch.” These fresh versions demonstrate the timeless beauty and contagious swing of Dameron’s classic compositions and arrangements. The celebration of Dameron’s centennial reaches a new pinnacle with Madd For Tadd’s release of “Tadd Dameron: The Magic Continues.” In a truly collaborative effort, the musicians of Madd For Tadd create a beautiful and swinging tribute to Dameron complete with impressive solos and tight ensemble passages.
“Tadd Dameron: The Magic Continues” is a recreation of the music on Tadd Dameron’s last album as a bandleader, “The Magic Touch”. Dameron is considered to be the greatest jazz composer to come out of Cleveland, and is known as “The Romantic of the Bop Era”. Tadd attended Central High School in the 1930’s, a school that produced more jazz artists than any other school in Cleveland — perhaps more than any school in the United States. Among them were bandleader Noble Sissle, trumpeter Freddie Webster, saxophonist Andy Anderson, Harold Arnold, arranger Ernie Freeman, trombonist Shep Shepherd, drummer Chink McKinney, rhythm and blues artist Bull Moose Jackson, saxophonist and arranger Willie Smith, drummer Fats Heard, of course Dameron, and poet laureate of the jazz era, Langston Hughes.
Madd for Tadd is an ensemble of musician/educators from colleges and universities in Cleveland, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Mansfield, Slippery Rock, Hudson, Cincinnati, Leavittsburg, and Ashland, and they represent TRI-C, Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University, Slippery Rock University, Duquesne University, Dennison University, Oberlin, West Virginia Weslyan, Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati.
In the 2016-17 school year Kent J. Engelhardt, Ph.D. was awarded a YSU Research Professorship. Engelhardt set to transcribe and notate ten Dameron compositions including “On A Misty Night,” “Fontainbleau,” “Just Plain Talkin’,” “Our Delight,” “Dial B For Beauty,” “Look, Stop And Listen,” “Bevan’s Birthday,” and “Swift As The Wind,” as well as collabortions with lyricist Bernie Hanighen titled “You’re A Joy” and with lyricist Carl Sigman titled “If You Could See Me Now.” Upon completion of the charts, Englehardt contacted Stephen Enos, Jazz Studies Director at Cuyahoga Community College to plan this large ensemble recording and live performances of these works.