Essii's Dance – Ray Draper

A striking 3/4 song from a time when 3/4 in jazz was still uncommon. Our lead sheets show the two-horn harmonies in the intro and the bass figures in the A sections.

Ray Draper

August 3, 1940 – November 1, 1982

Ray Draper was born into a musical family on August 3, 1940, in New York City. His father, Barclay, played trumpet with name bands and recorded with Jelly Roll Morton, and his mother was a concert pianist. Ray went to the High School Of Performing Arts, for which he auditioned on tuba. His goal was always to make the tuba a recognized solo jazz instrument. As Nat Hentoff wrote, "He blows the hottest modern jazz tuba I've yet heard." At the young age of 16, on February 8, 1957, Ray made his first jazz recording session ("Jackie McLean & Co") for Prestige Records, for which he also arranged one of his own originals. Read more...

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