Name: Dedrick, Art (1915-1980)



Historical Note: Arthur Wilson Dedrick was born on August 1, 1915 in Lyndon, New York, according to his birth record, though his 1940 draft registration card lists the adjacent town of Franklinville as his birthplace. Dedrick took up the trombone, and his brother Lyle "Rusty" Dedrick took up the trumpet, launching a distinguished career of this own. Art Dedrick graduated from the State University College of New York at Fredonia, and then worked as a trombonist and arranger with Red Norvo,  Joe Marsala, Claude Thornhill, and Vaughan Monroe. He also worked as a staff arranger for Buffalo, New York radio stations WGR and WBEN. He is best known for his work in music publishing and jazz education as a founder of Kendor Music, authoring over 300 compositions and arrangements. He later arranged for the pop music group The Free Design, which included several of Dedrick's children. Art Dedrick died in Tucson, Arizona on January 20, 1980.
Sources:

Eugene Chadbourne, "Art Dedrick," Allmusic.com, viewed January 7, 2021. https://www.allmusic.com/artist/art-dedrick-mn0002021276

Arthur Wilson Dedrick in the U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947, via Ancestry.com, viewed January 7, 2021.

"Art Dedrick," The Wind Repertory Project, viewed January 7, 2021. https://www.windrep.org/Art_Dedrick

Arthur W Dedrick in the New York, U.S., State Census, 1925, via Ancestry.com, viewed January 7, 2021.

"Deaths," Arizona Daily Star, January 22, 1980, page 6, section B [page 18], via Newspapers.com, viewed January 11, 2021. https://www.newspapers.com/image/170632930/

Arthur W Dedrick in the New York State, Birth Index, 1881-1942, via Ancestry.com, viewed January 12, 2021.

Wikipedia article on The Free Design, viewed January 12, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Free_Design



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