About Buddy Rich
Amazing technique, speed, swing, vigor, a touch of the theatrical, and a barbed sense of humor--all describe jazz drummer (and occasional singer) Buddy Rich. Rich was a child of the late '30s Swing Era, a human spark-plug igniting the bands of Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey. Unlike some of his contemporaries, he adapted to the bebop era, performing and recording with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Art Tatum while still playing with big bands (Les Brown, Harry James). By the 1960s, he was established as a leader; in 1966, at the height of the rock era, he organized his own popular big band that continued until his death in 1987.
BORNSeptember 30, 1917