Richard Merrill Sudhalter

Richard Merrill Sudhalter

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 19 Sep 2008 (aged 69)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 29949315 · View Source
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Jazz Trumpeter, Author. Raised in Boston, he was inspired to a musical career by his father, a locally noted saxophone player; he played in Boston area clubs during his teen years. Graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in English literature and music, he moved to Europe in 1960. After working as a musician in Germany, he was a reporter for United Press International. Sudhalter was jazz critic for the New York Post in the 1970s and 1980s. He published "Bix: Man and Legend", a study of Bix Beiderbecke, in 1974. During his research at Williams College, he discovered arrangements for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra when Beiderbecke was playing with them in the 1920s...upon his return to London, Sudhalter founded the New Paul Whiteman Orchestra, with which he played Beiderbecke's cornet parts. The group toured in Europe and the United States, playing at Carnegie Hall. He won a Grammy in 1983 for the liner notes he did for "Bunny Berigan (Giants of Jazz)". In 1999, he published "Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contributions to Jazz 1915 to 1945". The book was controversial, though he emphasized that black and white musicians frequently worked side by side, in defiance to the societal norms of their day. His final book was "Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichel", released in 2002. He recorded extensively, both with the New Paul Whiteman Orchestra and with the Classic Jazz Quartet. He died of a degenerative neuromuscular disease similar to Lou Gehrig's.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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