Lorraine Gordon remembers composer Tadd Dameron
RUFFIN: NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT
"If You Could See Me Now"
NEA JAZZ MASTER LORRAINE GORDON REMEMBERS COMPOSER TADD DAMERON, from her time WORKING at blue note records.
GORDON: He was a terrific composer. And we gave him carte blanche. He was the leader. He's writing the music. He was really avant-garde at the time.
"If You Could See Me Now" (up and hot)
RUFFIN: AMONG THE CLASSIC DAMERON COMPOSITIONS IS THE STANDARD, "IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW.”
GORDON: "If you could see me now, you'd know…” That's right. Yeah. That's so beautiful. I love it to this day. Well, he was wonderful!
"If You Could See Me Now" (up, then under)
THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH LORRAINE GORDON WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
Excerpt of "If You Could See Me Now” composed by Tadd Dameron and performed by Sarah Vaughan & The Count Basie Orchestra from Send in the Clowns, used by permission of Concord Records