Tag Archives: Chick Webb

Art Blakey on Chick Webb’s Drum Lesson

SKF: Here’s Art Blakey recounting his drum lesson from Chick Webb. Down Beat: [T]he public in the swing era always looked to the drummer for a wild solo. After that, as time went on, people began to appreciate the drummer … Continue reading

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Myron Grombacher’s Ludwig Drumset 1983

SKF NOTE: Whatever goes around, comes around. The first time I saw this photo of Myron Grombacher‘s 1983 Ludwig drumset, I thought of earlier drummers such as Chick Webb using the same concept with cymbal stands. I also thought Grombacher’s … Continue reading

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Paul Motian: Gene Krupa and Chick Webb

SKF NOTE: This is a very brief snippet from my interview with Paul Motian. An edited version of this interview appeared in the April/May 1980 Modern Drummer — which means I produced this interview as a freelance writer prior to … Continue reading

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Duke Ellington vs Chick Webb: ‘We Tore Them Up, Man’

SKF NOTE: Sonny Greer was Duke Ellington‘s drummer 1924-1951 when he was replaced by Louis Bellson. This exchange about a Savoy Ballroom Battle of the Bands between the Duke Ellington and Chick Webb Orchestras is from my interview with Sonny … 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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