Early 1900's American Jazz Drummers

So for my English class, we are doing projects on any subject from 1865-1915. Since I'm a metal drummer, I figured it be great to do research on some of the great Jazz masters that were born during this time as a "musical enhancement" project. I kind of need some help though, so I ask the great people of DW to give me some information on Jazz drummers. Remember, they must be born before 1916. Thanks.
 

rjvsmb

Senior Member
So for my English class, we are doing projects on any subject from 1865-1915. Since I'm a metal drummer, I figured it be great to do research on some of the great Jazz masters that were born during this time as a "musical enhancement" project. I kind of need some help though, so I ask the great people of DW to give me some information on Jazz drummers. Remember, they must be born before 1916. Thanks.
Hey SVE,

Here are some to start with. I'm sure you will get more from our esteemed DW members.

Baby Dodds.
http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Baby_Dodds.html
http://www.redhotjazz.com/baby.html

Chick Webb
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick_Webb
http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Chick_Webb.html

Sonny Greer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Greer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Greer

Gene Krupa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Krupa
http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Gene_Krupa.html

Papa Jo Jones
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo_Jones
http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Papa_Joe_Jones.html

Big Sid Catlett
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Catlett
http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Big_Sid_Catlett.html

Good luck,

-R
 

mattsmith

Platinum Member
Look no farther than this site to find Dave Tough and George Wettling.

I have especially found Tough interesting because not only was he a great drummer during his Chicago youth (mid to late 1920s) but he was able to adapt his style very well for each new stage of music he lived through. He was a great combo player and swing era big band drummer. Then when he joined Woody Herman's quite advanced /for the time/ 1946 band people were shocked at how well he made the transition to the entry level bebop style.

I also found Tough interesting for his willingness to put his thoughts in writing. He was one of the first American jazz musicians to publish music reviews and editorialize about the future of popular music, believeing that musicians were often misrepresented in newspapers and magazines by what he thought were ignorant critics and others with agendas contrary to music. Were he alive today he would absolutely be a drum forum regular, forcefully stating his case and hunting down trolls who interfered with the free flow of ideas.
 

nickg

Silver Member
know ALL of your roots!! there IS a reason why the style you play is what it is!!!

as much as some of these younger drummers think some of the earlier drummers before them are lame there is, once again, a reason why they are where they are in the drumming history WAY before you were even thought of.

if you don't think guys like Gene Krupa, Sonny Paine, Papa Jo, etc. and many others paved the way before others then you are really out of the loop. do your homework.
 
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