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Art Dedrick

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Art Dedrick


Arthur (Art) Wilson Dedrick (1 August 1915 – 20 January 1980) was an American trombonist and arranger.

After graduating from the State University College of New York at Fredonia, he began his career as a trombonist and arranger with such bands as those of Red Norvo, Joe Marsala, Claude Thornhill, and Vaughn Monroe. Later, he was staff arranger for radio stations WGR and WBEN in Buffalo, New York, and served as director of instrumental music in the Delevan (New York) public schools.

Dedrick became one of the most influential and dedicated proponents of the school jazz ensemble movements in America and published over 300 "big band" pieces. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Free Design performing and recording ensemble was very popular, and the performers in this group were four of his own children.

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