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Sid Catlett (1910–1951)

Sid Catlett

in Drumminʼ Men

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195157628
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157628.003.0006
Sid Catlett (1910–1951)

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Sid Catlett is one of the drummers who erased the line between the then and now. From the 1920s until his passing in 1951, he had the capacity to be consistently interesting and creative in small groups or big bands. Almost forty years after his death, his work continues to speak well for him. Much of his continuing impact had to do with his talent. A good deal of his longevity, however, is related to his attitude. An artist who faced the future squarely and without fear, Catlett moved forward unintimidated, welcoming whatever challenges the music offered. He was open and adventurous. He put his mark on many styles of music, including some of the most advanced performances of his time. Even a partial review of his recordings and radio broadcasts reveals his unusual ability, liveliness, and sense of invention.

Keywords: Sid Catlett; Big Sid; Louis Armstrong All-Stars; Steak Face

Chapter.  16504 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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