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Indulging his percussive past, Geoffrey Smith presents a survey of scintillating moments by some favourite jazz drummers, from Chick Webb and Gene Krupa to Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones, with a final burst from Buddy Rich.

1 hour

Music Played


    Harlem Congo

    Performer: Sandy Williams. Performer: Chauncey Haughton. Performer: Taft Jordan.
    • Spinning The Webb.
    • Coral.
    • 1.
  • Benny Goodman

    Runnin' Wild

    Performer: Teddy Wilson. Performer: Lionel Hampton. Performer: Gene Krupa.
    • The Original Benny Goodman Trio and Quartet Sessions.
    • Bluebird.
    • 22.
  • Jo Jones

    Little Susie

    Performer: Tommy Bryant. Performer: Ray Bryant. Performer: Jo Jones.
    • The Jo Jones Trio.
    • Top Rank.
    • 6.
  • Louis Armstrong

    Steak Face

    Performer: Dick Carey. Performer: Arvell Shaw. Performer: Jack Teagarden. Performer: Barney Bigard. Performer: Sid Catlett.
    • Louis Armstrong C'est Ci Bon: Satchmo in the Forties.
    • Proper.
    • 2.
  • Kenny Burrell

    Will You Still Be Mine

    Performer: Richard Davis. Performer: Roy Haynes.
    • A Night at the Vanguard.
    • Essential Jazz Classics.
    • 2.
  • Louie Bellson


    Performer: Wardell Gray. Performer: Clark Terry. Performer: Harry Carney. Performer: WILLIE SMITH.
    • Just Jazz All Stars.
    • Capitol.
    • 7.
  • Miles Davis


    Performer: Philly Joe Jones.
    • Porgy & Bess.
    • Columbia Jazz.
    • 3.
  • Dizzy Reece


    Performer: Sammy Walker. Performer: Tony Crombie. Performer: Phil Seamen. Performer: Lennie Bush.
    • A New Star.
    • Jasmine.
    • 3.
  • The Clifford Brown–Max Roach Quintet

    Parisian Thoroughfare

    Performer: George Morrow. Performer: Harold Land. Performer: Clifford Brown. Performer: Richie Powell.
    • Complete Studio Recordings.
    • Essential Jazz Classics.
    • 3.
  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet

    Paradiddle Joe

    Performer: Joe Morello. Performer: Eugene Wright. Performer: Carmen McRae.
    • Tonight Only!.
    • Fontana TFL.
    • 2.
  • Mal Waldron

    We Diddit

    Performer: Joe Benjamin. Performer: Ron Carter. Performer: Booker Ervin. Performer: Charlie Persip. Performer: Eric Dolphy.
    • The Quest.
    • Prestige.
    • 4.
  • Buddy Rich

    Hi-Fi Drums

    Performer: Woody Herman's Herd.
    • Hi Fi Drums.
    • Capitol.
    • 1.