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Buddy Rich

Jazz drummer and bandleader

Buddy Rich

Jazz drummer and bandleader
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birthday
30th
September, 1917
Death
2nd
April, 1987
Birth Place
New York, U.S.
Birth Sign
libra
Biography

Bernard “Buddy” Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time.
Rich was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He discovered his affinity for jazz music at a young age and began drumming at the age of 2. He began playing jazz in 1937, working with acts such as Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, and Harry James. From 1942 to 1944, Rich served in the U.S. Marines. From 1945 to 1948, he led the Buddy Rich Orchestra. In 1966, he recorded a big-band style arrangement of songs from West Side Story. He found lasting success in 1966[citation needed] with the formation of the Buddy Rich Big Band, also billed as the Buddy Rich Band and The Big Band Machine.
Rich was known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed. He was an advocate of the traditional grip, though he occasionally used match grip when playing the toms. Despite his commercial success and musical talent, Rich never learned how to read sheet music, preferring to listen to drum parts and play them from memory.

instruments played
drums
Also Known As

Traps The Drum Wonder Mr. Drums

Associated Acts

Joe Marsala Bunny Berigan Artie Shaw Tommy Dorsey Benny Carter Harry James Les Brown Frank Sinatra Charlie Ventura Jazz at the Philharmonic Nat King Cole Ella Fitzgerald Gene Krupa Louis Armstrong Neil Peart

Birth Name

Bernard Rich

Genres

Jazz big band swing

Labels

Clef Norgran Verve RCA Pacific Jazz Liberty Blue Note Groove Merchant EmArcy Mercury MCA Argo

Occupations

Musician bandleader

Years Active

1921 1987

Name

Buddy Rich

Nationality

United States of America

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