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Eldridge, Roy

James Ross Moore

in American National Biography Online


Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1802697

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Eldridge, Roy (30 January 1911–26 February 1989), musician, was born David Roy Eldridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the younger son of Alexander Eldridge, a contractor, and Blanche Oakes Eldridge, who ran a local restaurant. Eldridge was playing drums at the age of six and, finding that he could play anything he could hear, subsequently taught himself trumpet, flugelhorn, and piano. He dropped out of David B. Oliver High School at age fifteen and joined his saxophone-playing brother Joe's band as drummer....

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Subjects: Brass ; Blues ; Jazz

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