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conductor , bandleader , musicologist , university professor , jazz musician

James Dapogny is an American jazz musicologist, pianist and bandleader, active principally in the traditional jazz revival scene.


Dapogny, James was born on September 3, 1940 in Berwyn, Illinois, United States. Son of Irving Joseph and Evelyn Gladys (Neumeister) Dapogny.


Bachelor of Music, University of Illinois, 1962; Master of Music, University of Illinois, 1963; D of Museum Arts, University of Illinois, 1971.


Dapogny has led an ensemble called the Chicago Jazz Band since 1975, which has played with Sippie Wallace and the Chenille Sisters and made appearances often on the Prairie Home Companion. He holds a Ph.D in composition, and has taught at the University of Michigan since 1966. Dapogny has written extensively about Jelly Roll Morton, including liner notes for the release of his Library of Congress recordings.

He also edits Jazz Masterworks Editions, a series initiated by Oberlin College and the Smithsonian Institution. Jon-Erik Kellso - trumpet\r\nMike Karoub - bass\r\nRuss Whitman - reeds\r\nKim Cusack - reeds\r\nChris Smith - trombone\r\nRod McDonald - guitar, banjo\r\nWayne Jones - drums.


  • Other Work

    • Albums include Laughing At Life, That's The Way We Feel Today, On the Road, Original Jelly Roll Blues, Hot Club Stomp.


Married Gail Ann Johnson, November 25, 1965.

Irving Joseph Dapogny

Evelyn Gladys (Neumeister) Dapogny

Gail Ann Johnson