Dave Pell on Don Fagerquist - JazzWax

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September 08, 2009


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This is brilliant man. Does Don's daughter know about this? I sent her a copy of a photo of Don with Krupa. I'm working on a small piece about two other "unknown" players, Nick Travis and Doug Mettome.

Joe M. Hayes

For more than fifty years I've been listening to jazz and playing (a student at Westlake College in Hollywood) and only two trumpeters impressed me with the ability to, as Dave Pell notes, make melodies out of each improvisation: Clifford Brown and Don Fagerquist. We can only hope that as more and more of Don's material becomes available to the public that he will attain the public stature he so richly deserves. Fagerquist was and remains one of the greats of the trumpet.

Joe M. Hayes
Del Mar, CA


Carl Saunders has sited Fagerquest as his primary influence, and Saunders often sounds like he just picked up where Fagerquist left off.

Donna Fagerquist

...Shame on you, Davey !

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