What Big Sid Did with One Foot

SKF NOTE: Art Hodes wrote a Down Beat column in the mid-1960s which I enjoyed. He was a jazz pianist who knew musicians, including early jazz drummers, like Dave Tough, George Wettling, and Big Sid Catlett.

I valued Mr. Hodes’s first-hand accounts. He might devote an entire column to one musician. Or Hodes might just insert a gem like this one in a more varied column.


Does the name Sid Catlett ring a bell? What he did with one foot and one bass drum is being accomplished by very few drummers who’re using two [of each].

Source: Sittin’ In, Art Hodes. Down Beat (February 13, 1964)

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