Dupuis, Robert 1926-

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Dupuis, Robert 1926-


Born September 25, 1926, in Detroit, MI; son of Luther H. (a police officer) and Mabel (a homemaker) Dupuis; married Loretta Jean Gardner (a schoolteacher), August 20, 1949; children: Denise Jean Morey, Diane. Education: Wayne State University, B.S., 1950, M.Ed., 1955, Education Specialist, 1964. Politics: "Active in some Democratic campaigns." Religion: Unitarian-Universalist. Hobbies and other interests: Jazz, jogging, bird-watching.


Home—Grosse Pointe, MI. Office—725 Lincoln Rd., Grosse Pointe, MI 48230. Agent—Marie Brown Associates, 625 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.


Writer and educator. Detroit Public Schools, Detroit, MI, teacher, 1950-57, counselor, 1957-63, assistant principal, 1963-66, principal, 1966-84; volunteer tutor for Detroit school children, 1991—. Also teacher and training consultant, Wayne County Intermediate School District, MI, 1984-87. Military service: U.S. Navy, 1944-46.


International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, Michigan Jazz Record Collectors (president, 1991-92), Phi Delta Kappa.


Bunny Berigan: Elusive Legend of Jazz, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1993.

Work represented in books, including Contemporary Musicians, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1991—; contributor to periodicals.


Robert Dupuis once told CA: "My career was spent entirely in the Detroit public school system. As a junior high school student, I began playing the trumpet and was soon attracted to the sounds of jazz. Navy service in World War II led me into education; I was propelled by the idealistic notion that I could positively affect the ignorance I observed about me. Music of all kinds, and especially jazz, became an important recreational release.

"Captured by the unique sound of Bunny Berigan, the quintessential swing trumpeter, I kept waiting for someone to write his biography in order to secure his rightful place in jazz history. When, by 1984, that book had still not appeared, and I was presented with an early retirement opportunity, I decided to take up the challenge. My contacts with Berigan's family, friends, and fellow musicians have been rich and rewarding."

In a review of the author's biography of Berigan, titled Bunny Berigan: Elusive Legend of Jazz, a Publishers Weekly contributor commented that the author provides a look at "the major successes and myriad scrapes of Berigan's brilliant yet tormented career." John Mole, writing in the Times Literary Supplement, noted: "His book is clearly a labour of deep affection, and this rather touchingly shines through." In a review on the All About Jazz Web site, David Rickert wrote: "Dupuis is a Berigan fan who felt the need to present his hero to a larger public and should be commended for not only correctly asserting his importance but also giving an unvarnished look at the trumpeter's life."



Publishers Weekly, January 25, 1993, review of Bunny Berigan: Elusive Legend of Jazz, p. 68.

Times Literary Supplement, August 28, 2005, John Mole, review of Bunny Berigan.


All About Jazz,http://www.allaboutjazz.com/ (May 13, 2005), David Rickert, review of Bunny Berigan.

Jazzscript,http://www.jazzscript.co.uk/ (March 7, 2007), review of Bunny Berigan.

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