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Documentary: Buddy Rich

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Buddy Rich We tend to remember drummer Buddy Rich today merely as a caustic '70s guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson or a guy who hated rockers but did a pretty good job trying to dress like one. The truth is Rich had a long and storied background as the drummer in top bands of his day (Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, etc.), behind top jazz artists (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Hank Jones, etc.) and in front of his own killer bands.

For the full story, reader John Cooper sent along this terrific two-part documentary on the Sultan of Skins...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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