Randall K. Dollahon

Title/Position: Associate Professor Emeritus, Studio Music and Jazz

Profile:

 
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

  1. Performing for more than five years with Edgar Winter, which culminated in his first album Entrance for Epic Records

  2. Playing in award-winning guitarist Steve Morse’s instrumental group The Dixie Dregs. My debut performance with this band was on live television.

  3. Being a member of Peter Grave’s thirteen-piece Atlantean Driftwood Band for fourteen years. I’ve played jazz concerts with Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Eliane Elias, Bob James, Dave Liebman, Toots Thielemans, Stanley Turrentine, Jaco Pastorius and many other outstanding jazz artists

  4. Touring with composer Burt Bacharach, including one week in the Philippines

Tell us about an outstanding performance that you recall.

In the fall of 1967, I saw legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery perform with his brothers Monk and Buddy at the Jazz Workshop on Boylston Street in Boston. To me, this is the most inspired jazz performance I have ever heard. Wes’ creativity and imagination were at an unbelievably high level. I can still picture him sitting on a stool in front of the band, wearing his hat, smoking his cigarettes, and smiling broadly the entire night. It was this performance, more than anything else, that convinced me to devote my life to the study of this music.

What do you hope to pass on to your students?

The conviction that their musical problems are solvable, and that they can learn to teach themselves if they are willing to do the work required. Also, an understanding of the jazz tradition, with an admiration (growing possibly into love) of the same.

Career Highlights:

Randall Dollahon has been a member of Edgar Winter’s band, the Dixie Dregs and the (Dr.) Lonnie Smith Trio, and he has played in concert with Hammond B-3 organists Larry Goldings, Joey de Francesca, and Tony Monaco.

He plays regular concerts with the legendary Blue Note alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, and with jazz pianist Vince Maggio. In April 2006, he was featured as a soloist in a week’s worth of concerts with the Jaco Pastorius Big Band at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan.

Prof. Dollahon played jazz concerts with such artists as

  * Randy and Michael Brecker

  * Eliane Elias

  * Bob James

  * Dave Liebman

  * Toots Thielemans

  * Stanley Turrentine

  * Jaco Pastorius

Dollahon received a B.A. degree from the University of Houston and a B.M. degree from the University of Miami. In addition to directing Jazz Guitar Studies at the Frost School of Music since 1977, he has played concerts, toured and recorded with many jazz artists as well as many country, rock, blues, and Latin artists and groups.

Short Biography:

andall Dollahon is associate professor emeritus (jazz guitar) at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He retired in 2011. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Houston and a B.M. degree from the University of Miami. In addition to directing the University of Miami’s Jazz Guitar Program since 1977, he has played concerts, toured, and/or recorded with Burt Bacharach, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Placido Domingo, Bob James, Dave Liebman, Steve Morse, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, Stanley Turrentine, Edgar Winter, and many other jazz, country, rock, and Latin artists and groups. He performed for more than five years with Edgar Winters, and played in the award-winning instrumental group The Dixie Dregs.  In 2006 he was featured as a soloist in a week’s worth of concerts with the Jaco Pastorius Big Band at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan. He has played in concert with Hammond B-3 organists Dr. Lonnie Smith, Larry Goldings, Joey de Francesca, and Tony Monaco. He also performs at notable music festivals.


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