Watch the Cafe Kenny online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Jazz Guitar Greatest Hits Vol. 2
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Trumpeter Kenny Dorham has two of the highest-contrast bona fides imaginable in jazz: he was a working and recording member of Charlie Parker’s quintet, and at any given moment his composition "Blue Bossa" is being massacred by thousands of perplexed high school jazz students worldwide. (I say this with authority because I have walked the walk, duly massacring that lovely tune myself on more than one occasion in more than one classroom in my checkered, jazz-essaying past.)
Less well known, certainly to me until recently, is that he led a group of his own with the fabulous sobriquet the Jazz Prophets, a group which included no less than Bobby Timmons on piano (composer of another great if somewhat less-frequently massacred classic, "Moanin’") and, sitting in for a live 1956 recording at New York’s Cafe Bohemia, one Kenny Burrell on guitar.