“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Piedmont in Mineral County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Don Redman

Don Redman Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 5, 2010
1. Don Redman Marker
Inscription.  Born in Piedmont on July 29, 1900. Began playing trumpet at age three; learned to play all wind instruments by age twelve. Graduated from Storer College in 1920. First great arranger in jazz; internationally known as “The Little Giant of Jazz.” Had profound influence on the development and direction of jazz until his death in 1964.
Erected 2008 by the West Virginia Transportation Enhancement Program and West Virginia Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the West Virginia Archives and History series lists.
Location. 39° 28.986′ N, 79° 2.83′ W. Marker is in Piedmont, West Virginia, in Mineral County. Marker is on Ashfield Street (West Virginia Route 46) just south of Front Street in Westernport, on the right when traveling south. Piedmont, and this marker, is just across the river from Westernport in
Welcome Signs and the Don Redman Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 5, 2010
2. Welcome Signs and the Don Redman Marker
Welcome to wild and wonderful West Virginia, welcome to Mineral County, and welcome to Piedmont.
Maryland, at the town line. West Virginia Route 46 begins here at this marker and is the continuation of Maryland Route 36 (Victory Post Road). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Piedmont WV 26750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mayo and Savage (approx. ¼ mile away); Working Together for the Community (approx. 0.6 miles away in Maryland); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away in Maryland); Thomas McCoole Home (approx. 4.4 miles away); Potomac State College (approx. 4.7 miles away); Fort Fuller (approx. 4.8 miles away); West Virginia (Mineral County) / Maryland (approx. 4.8 miles away); Encircling the Nazi War Machine & German Capitulation (approx. 4.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Don Redman (July 29, 1900 – November 30, 1964). Wikipedia article. “His importance in the formulation of arranged hot jazz can not be overstated; a chief trademark of Redman’s arrangements was that he harmonized melody lines and pseudo-solos within separate sections; for example, clarinet, sax, or brass trios. He played these sections off each other, having one section punctuate the figures of another, or moving the melody around different orchestral sections and soloists. His use of this technique was sophisticated, highly innovative, and formed the basis of much big band jazz writing in the following
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decades.” (Submitted on July 9, 2010.) 

2. Don Redman and His Orchestra. video with still pictures of Don Redman and the Don Redman Orchestra accompanied by his music and voice. (Submitted on July 9, 2010.) 

3. “I Got Rhytmn” the Don Redman Orchestra. 30 second clip of 1930’s recording on (Submitted on July 9, 2010.) 
Additional keywords. Don Matthew Redman
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 860 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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