Tag Archives: Big Sid Catlett

Max Roach and Steve Gadd Onstage? Sorry I Missed It

SKF NOTE: A DrumForum.org member posted an SOS regarding Max Roach. Paraphrasing, the member asked, “What’s the big deal about Max Roach? I know he’s famous. But from what I’ve seen and heard of his drumming on YouTube, I don’t … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Studying Big Sid Catlett in 1947 Movie

SKF NOTE: Long, long ago I read somewhere — album liner notes? magazine interview? jazz book? — Sidney “Big Sid” Catlett was the main influence on Max Roach’s melodic drumming style. It may have been Max’s March 20, 1958 Down … Continue reading

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Audio: Freddie Gruber on The Musical Big Sid Catlett

SKF NOTE: Excerpt from my interview with Freddie Gruber in Buddy Rich’s NYC apartment circa 1983-84. I posted the back story of this interview on an earlier post.

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Meet Big Sid Catlett’s Son

SKF NOTE: Last night I found out Big Sid Catlett has a son, a retired professional basketball player for the Cincinnati Royals also named Sid Catlett. Big Sid died when his son was age two. I came across this YouTube … Continue reading

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