”Ladybird” was written in 1947 by American jazz composer, pianist and arranger Tadd Dameron. I love this composition but it has a challenging melody if you are an inexperienced singer. It can be a great melody to experiment with though. As you become more familiar with the changes there is a lot of scope to play with if you like to go ‘out there’ a bit.
Saxophonist Dexter Gordon called Dameron the “romanticist” of the bop movement while reviewer Scott Yanow writes that Dameron was the “definitive arranger/composer of the bop era.”
The Miles Davis and Tadd Dameron Quintet recorded a superb version of “Ladybird” live at the Salle Playel in Paris in 1949 with this amazing line up:
Miles Davis - trumpet
Tadd Dameron - piano
James Moody - tenor sax
Barney Spielery - bass
Kenny Clarke -drums
Sue Bond, jazz vocalist
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