Blue Notes

Bob Dorough: Jazzman Reflects on Miles Davis, "Devil May Care" & More

Bob Dorough is the kind of musician who when he's performing in the area, someone makes sure to call the local newspaper and tell them about it. In this case the man who made the phone call was Houston jazz producer Joe Peine. (Thanks, Joe.)

Perhaps best-known for the insouciant jazz standard "Devil May Care," originally released in 1956 and since covered by Miles Davis, Diana Krall and Jaime Cullum, among others, Dorough went on to a long and distinguished career as a vocalist, pianist, producer arranger and educator, brushing up against some of the most interesting characters in '50s and '60s pop culture along the way: Davis, Lenny Bruce, Allen Ginsberg, '60s weirdo rockers the Fugs.

Born in Arkansas, educated in Texas (including the famous University of North Texas jazz program in its infancy), Dorough plays East End Cafe Bohemeo's Sunday in a rare booking. But it's not all that unusual for the Arkansas-born musician, 88, to be in Houston.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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