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THERE has been revived interest in the life and work of trombonist Don Drummond.
Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World's Greatest Trombonist, a biography by American Heather Augustyn, is the latest reflection on the legacy of the troubled musician who died in 1969.
According to McFarland Publishers, distributors of the book, "Augustyn spent over two years researching and interviewing key people in Drummond's life to form this comprehensive biography."
Among those she interviewed were former Jamaica Prime Minister P J Patterson, who represented Drummond in his 1966 murder trial.
Drummond murdered his lover, exotic dancer Margarita Mahfood, on New Year's Day, 1965. He was ruled criminally insane and committed to the Bellevue Asylum where he died at age 35.
Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, a member of the celebrated American jazz family and Drummond admirer, wrote the foreword to Augustyn's book.
A founding member of the legendary Skatalies band, Drummond was also a respected composer of ska standards including Confucius and Eastern Standard Time.
Augustyn's book follows Malunga, a ballet by the National Dance Theatre Company based on the tragic Drummond/Margarita romance. It played at the Little Theatre in August.
Augustyn is also author of the 2010 book, Ska: An Oral History and Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation, which was released this year
Trombonist Don Drummond as pictured on the jacket of his
Greatest Hits album.
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