Tag Archives: Sonny Greer

Info Wanted – Big Sid Playing Sonny Greer’s Drumset

SKF NOTE: An interesting photo, new to me, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The University’s best guess is this photo of Big Sid Catlett was taken 1945-1950. It’s part of the Dave E. Dexter, Jr. Collection. The University is … Continue reading

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Sonny Greer on Buddy Rich and Jo Jones

SKF NOTE: My interview with Sonny Greer took place at Sonny’s New York City apartment on March 4, 1981, published in an edited version in the November 1981 Modern Drummer. Brooks Kerr, a pianist and Duke Ellington aficionado, was performing … Continue reading

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One Night Watching Sonny Greer and Papa Jo Jones Trading Fours

SKF NOTE: Reading again my memories, written in 1982, of one night at New York City’s West End Cafe watching Sonny Greer and Papa Jo Jones trading fours with wire brushes. I’m thinking about a phone conversation with Chip Stern … 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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