“Big Sid” Catlett was probably one of the most flexible drummers in the annals of jazz. Similarly, Catlett was competent enough within the pre-modern designs to become Louis Armstrong’s preferred percussionist; on the additional, Catlett’s powerful golf swing and good adaptability allowed him to try out commendably on the first Parker/Gillespie bop edges. Catlett excelled especially like a combo drummer within the golf swing era. A delicate player having great travel and nature, he was just the similar of such better-known contemporaries as Jo Jones or Gene Krupa. As a kid in Chicago, Catlett performed the piano and discovered the rudiments of drumming. His 1st professional gig was with Darnell Howard in 1928. Catlett used additional undistinguished Chicago rings before shifting to NY in 1930. There he became a employed gun, operating and documenting with Benny Carter (1932), McKinney’s Natural cotton Pickers (1934-1935), Fletcher Henderson (1936), and Don Redman (1936-1938). Catlett became Louis Armstrong’s drummer of preference, from 1938-1942 he was presented with Pops’ big music group. In 1941, he used a particularly superb Benny Goodman big music group that also included trumpeters Billy Butterfield and Cootie Williams. He also became a member of Duke Ellington briefly in 1945. Catlett led his personal bands through the entire ’40s, and used pianist Teddy Wilson for a while around 1948. He performed Dixieland with Armstrong’s All-Stars from 1947-1949. Though Catlett had not been a bebop drummer by itself, he made an attempt to accommodate the brand new music. He performed on one from the 1st bop recording times in 1945, a program that created the traditional early Gillespie/Parker edges. Catlett was pressured to give up touring in 1949 because of ill wellness, but he continuing to try out, becoming the home drummer in a Chicago golf club, Jazz, Ltd. He also caused Eddie Condon and John Kirby in NY in his last years. In early 1951, Catlett experienced a episode of pneumonia; in March he collapsed and passed away of a coronary attack.
|2||Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1996.|
|3||Was a member of "Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars." Jazz Drummer.|
|Sepia Cinderella||1947||Drummer - John Kirby Sextet (uncredited)|
|Smash Your Baggage||1932||Short||Drummer (uncredited)|
|L.A. Noire||2011||Video Game as Sid Catlett, "Before Long"|
|Boy! What a Girl!||1947||performer: "Crazy riffin'"|
|Boy! What a Girl!||1947||Himself (as Big Sid Catlett)|
|Jammin' the Blues||1944||Short||Himself - on Drums|
|American Masters||1993||TV Series documentary||Himself|
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