[Dixielandjazz] Don Lamond, drummer with Woody Herman, dies in
nvickers1 at cox.net
Wed Dec 31 07:37:41 PST 2003
Dear DJML Friends,
I thought this notice of the death of drummer Don Lamond would be of
interest. This from the NYTimes December 30 with appended correction.
Happy New Year
December 25, 2003
Don Lamond, a Drummer in Many Classic Jazz Bands, Dies at 82
By WOLFGANG SAXON
Don Lamond, a swing band drummer who was a standout with Woody Herman in the
late 1940's, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Orlando, Fla. He was 82 and
lived in Orlando.
The cause was a malignant brain tumor, said his wife, Terry Lamond, who sang
and recorded with his band in the 1980's.
Mr. Lamond joined Herman's Herd in 1945, replacing Dave Tough. He brought
with him an original modern drum style of explosive vivacity, which became
his trademark. When Herman's band broke up in late 1946, he freelanced with
Charlie Parker but returned with Herman's Second Herd until it dissolved in
After that he displayed remarkable versatility working in recording studios.
He adapted to traditional jazz with Ruby Braff and Bob Crosby, to swing with
Benny Goodman and Qunicy Jones, and to bop with the likes of Stan Getz and
Zoot Sims, Marian McPartland and Johnny Smith.
He also played with Sonny Stitt, the Sauter-Finnegan Orchestra, Dick Hyman,
Johnny Guarnieri, Jack Teagarden and George Russell.
In the late 1960's he was a member of George Wein's Newport Festival
All-Stars. With Mr. Wein in Paris in 1969, he recorded with Braff, Red
Norvo, and Stephane Grappelli and Joe Venuti.
In the 1970's, Mr. Lamond made recordings with Maxine Sullivan and Bucky
He led his own Big Swing Band, featuring Terry Lamond on vocals, from 1978
Donald Douglas Lamond was born in Oklahoma City, grew up in Washington and
studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Philadelphia.
He made his professional debut wih Sonny Dunham in 1943 and developed his
own style playing with the Boyd Raeburn Orchestra, an avant garde group that
was something of a boot camp for young jazz talent, in 1944.
In recent years, Ms. Lamond said, he accompanied various groups at
festivals, most recently in Australia five years ago.
In addition to his wife of 36 years, Mr. Lamond is survived by a son, Donald
III, of Merritt Island, Fla.; two daughters, Cathy Ramstad of Seattle, and
Marta Lamond of Brevard, N.C.; five grandchildren; and eight
Correction Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003
An obituary on Thursday about Don Lamond, a big-band drummer, misstated the
site of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied. It is in Baltimore, not
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