Composer of the "Blue Bossa" jazz standard and considered by jazz scholars to be underrated because of his talent and contributions to jazz music.
He became a prominent bebop trumpeter by working with big bands and cooperatives like the Jazz Messengers.
He collaborated on and recorded more than twenty albums over the course of his life, including Whistle Stop.
He was born in Fairfield, Texas.
Dorham recorded music with many musicians, including Thelonious Monk.