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Clyde Dickerson: 1923-2003
Clyde Dickerson

Born: 1923 in Bristol, Tennessee
Died: February 5, 2003 in Washington, DC

Saxophonist doubled as doorman

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Clyde Dickerson was a saxophonist who performed in jazz clubs in the Washington area and beyond while holding down a day job as a doorman at the Watergate Hotel for 20 years.

He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He worked often with trumpet player Jimmy Burrell, and performed at various times with artists like Oran "Hot Lips" Page, the Mangione brothers, David Ruffin and Rick James. He also appeared in a Lester Young tribute with Shirley Horn and saxmen Byron Morris and Ron Holloway.

His last performance was on Capitol Hill, at Ellington's at Eighth, shortly before his death in hospital following a stroke.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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