Personalities | Warren ‘Baby’ Dodds | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Drums, 1898–1959)

The grandfather of jazz drumming, Baby Dodds played in Fate Marable’s riverboat band from 1918–21 before joining King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band and relocating to Chicago. He remained there for the rest of his career, collaborating with Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers and Armstrong’s Hot Seven, as well as trombonists Kid Ory and Miff Mole, trumpeter Bunk Johnson and clarinetists Jimmie Noone, Sidney Bechet and Dodds’ brother Johnny. His soloist style influenced countless drummers, including Gene Krupa, Max Roach and Roy Haynes.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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