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Barbarin, Paul

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Percussion; Blues; Jazz. 1396 words.

Barbarin, Paul (05 May 1899–17 February 1969), jazz drummer, was born Adolphe Paul Barbarin in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Isidore John Barbarin, a coachman for undertakers, and...

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Best, Denzil

T. Dennis Brown.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Percussion; Blues; Jazz; Composition. 664 words.

Best, Denzil (27 April 1917–25 May 1965), jazz drummer and composer, was born Denzil de Costa Best in New York City, the son of immigrant parents from Barbados; his mother was Josephine...

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Blades, James

Graham Melville-Mason.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Percussion. 1346 words.

Blades, James (1901–1999), percussionist and author, was born on 9 September 1901 at 166 Star Road, Peterborough, the eldest among the four sons and one daughter of Thomas Weston Blades...

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Blakey, Art

T. Dennis Brown.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Percussion; Blues; Jazz; Conducting. 1414 words.

Blakey, Art (11 October 1919–16 October 1990), jazz drummer and bandleader, was born Art William Blakey in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Burtrum Blakey, a barber, and Marie...

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Boas, Franziska Marie

Mary E. Edsall.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Percussion; Medicine and Health. 1494 words.

Boas, Franziska Marie (08 January 1902–22 December 1988), dancer, percussionist, and dance teacher and therapist, was born in New York City, the daughter and youngest of six children of...

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Bonham, John Henry

Marios Costambeys.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Percussion. 1203 words.

Bonham, John Henry (1948–1980), musician, was born at 84 Birchfield Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, on 31 May 1948, the eldest son of John Henry (Jack) Bonham and his wife, Joan Isobel...

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Bradshaw, Tiny

Michael J. Budds.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Percussion; Blues; Jazz; Conducting. 740 words.

Bradshaw, Tiny (23 September 1905–26 November 1958), singer, drummer, and bandleader, was born Myron Carlton Bradshaw in Youngstown, Ohio. His parents’ names are unknown. He played the...

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Burstow, Henry

Andrew R. Turner.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Voice; Percussion. 1060 words.

Burstow, Henry (1826–1916), singer and bell-ringer, was born on 11 December 1826 at 34 The Bishopric, Horsham, Sussex, the second youngest of nine children. His father, William (b. 1781),...

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Catlett, Big Sid

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Percussion; Blues; Jazz. 1402 words.

Catlett, Big Sid (17 January 1910–25 March 1951), drummer, was born Sidney Catlett in Evansville, Indiana, the son of John B. Catlett, a chauffeur. His mother (name unknown) was a cook. He...

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Clarke, Kenny

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Percussion; Blues; Jazz; Conducting. 2147 words.

Clarke, Kenny (?9 Jan. 1914–26 January 1985), jazz drummer and bandleader, was born Kenneth Clarke Spearman in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles Spearman and Martha Grace Scott....

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