Jazz Drummers in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1898-05-14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), born in Bunkie, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 1898-12-24 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1903-10-23 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1905-04-19 Tommy Benford, American jazz drummer, born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1909-10-17 Crozy [William] Cole, US jazz drummer
  • 1910-06-18 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1911-10-07 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • 1914-01-09 Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer & bandleader (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1915-12-05 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • 1916-05-04 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, born in Huntington, New York (d. 1994)

Person of interestBuddy Rich

1917-09-30 Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band-Away We Go), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1923-07-15 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Philadelphia (d. 1985)
  • 1924-01-10 Max Roach, American jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1924-07-06 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), born in Rock Falls, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1925-03-13 Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer (Trio Music with Chick Corea), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1925-08-27 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Bishopsgate, London (d. 1999)
  • 1927-04-27 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1927-09-09 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's A Love Supreme'), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1928-07-17 Joseph Albert Morello, American jazz drummer, born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1929-01-20 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1929-07-14 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher
  • 1931-03-25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer
  • 1932-01-14 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer & singer, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1932-11-11 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1933-04-28 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, born in Detroit (d. 1994)
  • 1934-02-28 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist (Evil Ways), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1936-08-22 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1936-10-11 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1939-11-13 Idris Muhammad [Leo Morris], American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1940-06-10 John William Stevens, jazz drummer
  • 1944-05-16 Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American jazz drummer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), born in Col√≥n, Panama
  • 1945-12-12 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1948-04-04 David "Pick" Withers, English jazz drummer (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • 1949-04-09 Steve Gadd, American jazz drummer ('Late In The Evening', '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'), born in Irondequoit, New York
  • 1949-12-19 Lenny White, American jazz drummer (Chick Corea's Return to Forever), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954-06-05 Peter Erskine, jazz drummer (Weather Report)
  • 1973-11-13 Ari Hoenig, American jazz drummer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977-03-04 Jason Marsalis, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Deaths in Music

  • 1939-06-16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • 1959-02-14 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
  • 1975-07-14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), dies at 77
  • 1983-09-15 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist (Evil Ways), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1985-08-30 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1985-09-03 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 73
  • 1990-10-16 Art Blakey, American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1992-08-24 Larrie Londin, jazz drummer, dies at 48
  • 1992-10-07 Ed Blackwell, US jazz drummer (Quartet), dies
  • 1994-03-09 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • 1994-03-24 Tommy Benford, American jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • 1994-05-03 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • 1994-05-29 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, dies at 61
  • 1994-07-11 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer, dies at 57
  • 1994-09-13 John William Stevens, jazz drummer, dies at 54
  • 1994-11-28 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, dies at 63
  • 1994-11-30 Connie Conrad Henry Kirnon Kay, jazz Drummer, dies at 67
  • 1994-11-30 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of a cardiac arrest at 67
  • 1995-05-07 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), dies at 84
  • 1995-08-03 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, dies at 79
  • 1996-02-23 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
  • 1997-02-23 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • 1999-10-18 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 74
  • 2001-05-03 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, dies at 64
  • 2004-05-18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 76
  • 2007-02-27 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • 2008-07-06 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • 2009-02-14 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), dies at 84
  • 2011-03-12 Joseph Albert Morello, American jazz drummer, dies at 82
  • 2011-11-22 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, dies at 80
  • 2014-07-29 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, dies at 74
  • 2020-05-24 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), dies of lung cancer at 91