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Hailed as "the greatest drummer ever to draw breath", Buddy Rich (1917-87) was a jazz legend for fifty years. Geoffrey Smith traces his blazing career with Tommy Dorsey, Lester Young and his own super-charged ensembles.

1 hour

Music Played

  • BUNNY BERIGAN

    Sobbin' Blues

    Performer: Buddy Rich. Performer: Murray Williams. Performer: Bob Jenny. Performer: Dick Wharton. Performer: Johnny Napton. Performer: BUNNY BERIGAN. Performer: Irving Goodman. Performer: Georgie Auld. Performer: Clyde Rounds. Performer: Hank Wayland. Performer: Ray Conniff. Performer: Gus Bivona. Performer: Joe Bushkin.
    • SWINGIN' HIGH.
    • TOPAZ.
    • 17.
  • Bunny Berigan

    Sobbin' Blues

    • SWINGIN' HIGH.
    • TOPAZ.
    • 17.
  • Artie Shaw

    Traffic Jam

    Performer: Les Robinson. Performer: Buddy Rich. Performer: Artie Shaw. Performer: Bernie Privin. Performer: Tony Pastor. Performer: Georgie Auld. Performer: John Best. Performer: Sid Weiss. Performer: Bob Kitsis. Performer: George Arus. Performer: Chuck Peterson. Performer: Harry Rogers. Performer: Al Avola. Performer: Les Jenkins. Performer: Hank Freeman.
    • The Artie Shaw Story.
    • Proper.
    • 25.
  • Artie Shaw

    Traffic Jam

    • The Artie Shaw Story.
    • Proper.
    • 25.
  • Tommy Dorsey

    Hallelujah

    Performer: Buddy Rich. Performer: Ziggy Elman. Performer: Don Lodice. Performer: Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. Performer: Joe Bushkin.
    • Yes, Indeed!.
    • Bluebird.
    • 15.
  • Tommy Dorsey & Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

    Hallelujah

    • Yes, Indeed!.
    • Bluebird.
    • 15.
  • Tommy Dorsey

    Quiet Please

    Performer: Buddy Rich. Performer: Hymie Shertzer. Performer: Lowell Martin. Performer: Don Lodice. Performer: Clyde Hurley. Performer: Johnny Mince. Performer: George Arus. Performer: Paul Mason. Performer: Tommy Dorsey. Performer: Jimmy Blake. Performer: Les Jenkins. Performer: Fred Stulce.
    • Drumology.
    • RCA VICTOR.
    • 1.
  • Tommy Dorsey

    Quiet Please

    • Drumology.
    • Bluebird.
    • 7.
  • Tommy Dorsey

    The Minor Goes Muggin'

    Performer: Buddy Rich. Performer: Joe Park. Performer: Richard Noel. Performer: Duke Ellington. Performer: Bob Bain. Performer: Tommy Dorsey. Performer: Gus Bivona. Performer: Vido Musso.
    • YES INDEED.
    • BLUEBIRD.
    • 22.
  • Tommy Dorsey

    The Minor Goes Muggin'

    • YES INDEED.
    • BLUEBIRD.
    • 22.
  • Lester Young

    I've Found a New Baby

    Performer: Lester Young-Buddy Rich Trio. Performer: Shadow Wilson. Performer: Freddie Green. Performer: Rodney Richardson. Performer: Count Basie. Performer: Lester Young. Performer: Nat King Cole.
    • Lester Leaps Again.
    • Proper.
    • 20.
  • Lester Young, Count Basie, Freddie Green, Rodney Richardson & Shadow Wilson

    I've Found A New Baby

    • Lester Leaps Again.
    • Proper.
    • 20.
  • Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton & Art Tatum

    This Can't Be Love

    • Art Tatum the Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces.
    • Pablo.
    • 12.
  • Art Tatum

    This Can't Be Love

    • Art Tatum the Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces.
    • Pablo.
    • 7.
  • Buddy Rich

    Jumpin' at the Woodside

    Performer: Buddy Rich Quintet. Performer: Flip Phillips. Performer: Peter Ind. Performer: Ronnie Ball.
    • Strike It Rich.
    • Verve.
    • 3.
  • Buddy Rich & Buddy Rich Quartet

    Jumpin' At The Woodside

    • Strike It Rich.
    • Verve.
    • 3.
  • Buddy Rich

    Love For Sale

    Performer: Jim Trimble. Performer: Chuck Findley. Performer: Richie Resnicoff. Performer: Yoshito Murakami. Performer: Ray Starling. Performer: Robert Keller. Performer: Bobby Shew. Performer: Ron Meyers. Performer: John Scottile. Performer: Ernie Watts. Performer: James Gannon. Performer: Quinn Davis. Performer: Jay Corre. Performer: Bill Wimberly. Performer: RICH, BUDDY BIG BAND. Performer: Charles Findley. Performer: Marty Flax.
    • BIG SWING FACE.
    • Pacific Jazz.
    • 5.
  • Buddy Rich & RICH, BUDDY BIG BAND

    Love For Sale

    • BIG SWING FACE.
    • SUNSET.
    • 5.
  • Buddy Rich

    West Side Story

    Performer: Buddy Rich. Performer: Pete Yellin. Performer: Mike Waverley. Performer: John Boice. Performer: Jim Trimble. Performer: John Sottile. Performer: Yoshito Murakami. Performer: Walter Battagello. Performer: Barry Zweig. Performer: Bobby Shew. Performer: Gene Quill. Performer: Dennis Good. Performer: Jay Corre. Performer: Carson Smith. Performer: Steve Perlow. Performer: Marty Flax. Performer: John Bunch.
    • Swingin' New Big Band.
    • Pacific Jazz.
    • 8.
  • Buddy Rich

    West Side Story Medley

    • Swingin' New Big Band.
    • Pacific Jazz.
    • 8.

Playlist

Sobbin’ Blues Bunny Berigan

Composer: Eric Dolphy

Album Title: TOPAZ

Label: TOPAZ TP-1013

Duration: 3.21

Traffic Jam Artie Shaw

Composer: Artie Shaw / T McRae
Album Title: The Artie Shaw Story
Label: Proper PROPERBOX-85

Duration: 2.12

 

Hallelujah Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

Composer: ROBIN / GREY / YOUMANS

Album Title: Yes Indeed!

Label: Bluebird ND 90449

Duration: 3.00

 

Quiet Please Tommy Dorsey

Composer: Sy Oliver

Album Title: Yes Indeed!

Label: Bluebird ND 90449

Duration: 2.43

The Minor Goes Muggin’ Tommy Dorsey

Composer: Oliver

Album Title: Yes Indeed!

Label: Bluebird ND 90440

Duration: 3.01

 

I’ve Found a New Baby Lester Young

Composer: Palmer, Williams

Album: Lester Leaps Again

Label: Proper P 1131

Duration: 4.03

This Can’t Be Love Art Tatum

Composer: Art Tatum

Album: Art Tatum the Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces

Label: Pablo 6PACD44012

Duration: 5.49

 

Jumpin’ at the Woodside Buddy Rich

Composer: Count Basie

Album: Strike it Rich

Label: Verve 2352 040

Duration: 10.00

 

Love for Sale Buddy Rich

Composer: Cole Porter, P Myers

Album: Big Swing Face

Label: Pacific Jazz CDP8379892

Duration: 4.35

 

West Side Story Buddy Rich

Composer: Bernstein / Sondheim

Album: Swingin’ New Big Band

Label: Pacific Jazz 8352322

Duration: 10.49

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