Tag Archives: Big Sid Catlett

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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Sid Catlett: Delicacy as Powerful as a Bomb

SKF NOTE: Whitney Balliett‘s interesting book can be read at any time, starting on any page. There’s almost always at least one tidbit of historical significance on every page. Of course, drummers can learn a great deal about drumming from other … Continue reading

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