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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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One Door Closes, Another Opens

In April 2014, when the time was right for me to start writing again about drummers and drumming, I expected to find changed, but vibrant, freelance writing opportunities. To be clear: when I stopped looking for those writing opportunities years … Continue reading

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Art Blakey on Chick Webb and Big Sid Catlett

Leslie Gourse: Blakey had learned to play the drums by listening to recordings of [Chick] Webb and Big Sid Catlett, which prepared him to play with several big swing bands in the 1940s. Eventually.., Blakey met those drummers and got … Continue reading

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Joe Morello on Buddy Rich: Pt 4

SKF NOTE: Revisiting the transcript of my early 1980’s interview with Joe Morello today. Five or six times Joe Morello said some things about Buddy Rich which were new to me. I also found Joe’s remarks instructive and/or funny. I … Continue reading

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