All About Jazz

Home » Search Center » Results: Dorothy Donegan

Results for "Dorothy Donegan"

Advanced search options

MUSICIAN Born:

Dorothy Donegan

Dorothy Donegan - piano More than fifteen years have passed since the flamboyant jazz pianist Dorothy Donegan died. Sadly, few jazz fans, either then or now, are aware of what enormous orchestral capacity she had at the keyboard (1). Dorothy was born in Chicago in 1924. Heeding her mother’s encouragement, she studied classical music at the Chicago Conservatory and the Chicago Music College. At eighteen, she became the first African-American to be asked to perform at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. The event created enough interest to lead to some work in a film (Sensations of 1945) (2). At the age of fourteen and studying classical piano she was also beginning her own jazz career, playing for a dollar a night at the city’s South Side bars (1) During a performance at the Hi-Jinx Club one evening, she met up with Art Tatum, who was so impressed with her abilities he became one of her champions

ARTICLE: RADIO

Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final broadcast of Jazz Appreciation Month includes new releases from vocalist Lauren Henderson and the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, with birthday shout-outs to pianist Dorothy Donegan (pictured), Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey and legendary vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Thanks for your continued support and please support these artists and their music. Playlist Dorothy ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Salutes to Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald and Blossom Dearie

Read "Salutes to Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald and Blossom Dearie" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Winding up Jazz Appreciation Month with special birthday shout outs to the Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, pianist Dorothy Donegan, vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Barbara Streisand and Blossom Dearie, among others, with new concept recordings from Nancy Kelly (a tribute to Mark Murphy) , Christina Morrison (duets with five other women vocalists) and Ellynne Rey (a ...

Meet Nora Sheehan Schaaf

Read "Meet Nora Sheehan Schaaf" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Before we jump into November's column, we'd like to know: Are YOU a jazz super fan? If you are and you'd like to be featured in an upcoming column, click here and send us a message! Nora Sheehan Schaaf, along with her husband, Homer, has been going out to hear live jazz ...

NEWS: EVENT

The Great Migration Centennial Tribute To The Musicians Of Captain Walter H. Dyett on July 23

The Great Migration Centennial Tribute To The Musicians Of Captain Walter H. Dyett on July 23

The Great Migration Centennial Tribute July 23, 2016 • VIP Reception 7-8PM & Concert 8-11PM DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, jny: Chicago The Great Migration, A “Centennial Tribute" To the Illustrious career of Captain Walter H. Dyett, a true pioneer and mentor to over 20,000 Chicago musicians. ...

Dorothy Donegan Live at the King of France Tavern

Label: Lisem Enterprises, Inc.
Released: 2015

NEWS: RECORDING

Release Of Previously Unknown Live Performance By Dorothy Donegan

Release Of Previously Unknown Live Performance By Dorothy Donegan

The music on this CD Dorothy Donegan Live at the King of France Tavern, is being released for the very first time. It was recorded live at the King Of France Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland in 1978. Bassist Bill Nelson and drummer Bill Reichenbach, two sidemen who were well aware that they had to be very ...

Strength, Energy, Imagination

Label: Storyville Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: CD1: Rosetta; Medley – When I Fall In Love, The Way We Were; The Best Things In Life Are Free; Medley – Pennies From Heaven, You‘re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You; Medley – Out Of Nowhere, Sweet Lorraine, Send In The Clowns; Take The A Train; Medley – You Are So Beautiful, Edmund Thigpen’s Gospel; Satin Doll. CD2: I Just Want To Sing; You Are The Sunshine Of My Life; Donegan's Blues; Lift Every Voice And Sing; Dorothy Runs Away; Willow Weep For Me; Minuet In G; If I Loved You; Stop The World.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dorothy Donegan: Strength, Energy, Imagination

Read "Strength, Energy, Imagination" reviewed by Chris Mosey

With this double album, Storyville Records--surely the greatest Danish invention since pastry--tells the story of a legend that never was. Dorothy Donegan, born in Chicago in 1924, trained as a classical pianist before switching to jazz and being hailed as “the female Art Tatum." She made her recording debut when ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Maria Schneider: Going Her Own Way

Read "Maria Schneider: Going Her Own Way" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Maria Schneider is widely considered one of the finest contemporary band leaders, composers, and arrangers. For two decades, The Maria Schneider Orchestra has generated excitement and sometimes surprise, at club dates, concerts, and festivals and with GRAMMY-winning records on the ArtistShare label, where Schneider pioneered in the process of commissioning recordings by giving subscribers an inside ...


ENGAGE

Enter our contest giveaways

Contest Giveaways

Enter the Whaling City Sound album giveaway. Just click a button to enter.

Contest Guidelines

Reader's Poll: It's your festival. Who do you book?

Fantasy Festival Poll

It's your festival, you're in charge of booking and you have an unlimited budget. Share your lineup.

More Polls

Publisher's Desk

All About Rudy! Binge-Worthy Content—Early August Edition. Learn more.

MORE POSTS

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.