From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Vance, Richard Thomas "Dick"

(born: 1914  -  died: 1985) 

Richard Thomas "Dick" Vance, born in Mayfield, KY, was an arranger who also sang and played the trumpet. Vance's family moved to Cleveland, OH, where he studied violin and later the trumpet. Vance settled in New York, where he played with a number of bands and toured with Frank Terry, Lil Armstrong, Kaiser Marshall, Willie Bryant, and Fletcher Henderson, to name a few. He was highly sought after for his ability to write arrangements. Vance wrote for bands that include those led by Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway, Don Redman, Billy Eckstine, Glen Gray, and Duke Ellington. Both his arrangements and trumpet playing found on many recordings, include Ellington '55, Stompin' at the Savoy, Coleman Hawkins, 1945, and Fletcher Henderson's Sextet, 1950. He was music arranger on the film No Maps on My Taps and music director on The Spirit Moves [volume 3]. See photo image, about midway down the page, of Dick Vance and other members of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra brass section at the Keep It Swinging blog site. Dick Vance was the son of Thomas and Lillian Wilson Vance. For more see "Dick Vance" in the Oxford Music Online Database; and Who's Who of Jazz.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Ellington '55 (album)
NKAA Source: Stompin' at the Savoy (album)
NKAA Source: Coleman Hawkins, 1945 (album)
NKAA Source: Fletcher Henderson's Sextet, 1950 (album)
NKAA Source: No maps on my taps (videocassette)
NKAA Source: The spirit moves [Volume 3] (videocassette)
NKAA Source: Oxford Music Online (database)
NKAA Source: Who's who of jazz: Storyville to Swing Street

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