Personalities | Zutty Singleton | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Drums, 1898–1975)

Arthur ‘Zutty’ Singleton was one of the first New Orleans drummers, along with Baby Dodds, to develop a melodic approach to the kit and the concept of the extended drum solo. He played in the second configuration of Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, appearing on OKeh recordings cut in 1928 (including the landmark ‘West End Blues’), and then moved to New York the following year. In the 1930s he played with Fats Waller, Eddie Condon and Bubber Miley, while also leading his own band.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1943, he demonstrated his versatility by working with a variety of artists including bluesman T-Bone Walker, Dixielander Wingy Manone and jivester Slim Gaillard (appearing on ‘Slim’s Jam’ with bebop icons Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie). He spent the early 1950s in Europe working with Hot Lips Page, and through the 1960s could be found playing drums at Jimmy Ryan’s club in New York.

Styles & Forms | Twenties | Jazz & Blues
Personalities | Noble Sissle | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

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


An extensive music information resource, bringing together the talents and expertise of a wide range of editors and musicologists, including Stanley Sadie, Charles Wilson, Paul Du Noyer, Tony Byworth, Bob Allen, Howard Mandel, Cliff Douse, William Schafer, John Wilson...


Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and more. Flame Tree has been making encyclopaedias and guides about music for over 20 years. Now Flame Tree Pro brings together a huge canon of carefully curated information on genres, styles, artists and instruments. It's a perfect tool for study, and entertaining too, a great companion to our music books.

Rock, A Life Story

Rock, A Life Story

The ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day.

David Bowie

David Bowie

Fantastic new, unofficial biography covers his life, music, art and movies, with a sweep of incredible photographs.