Buddy Rich was a jazz drummer, one of the best ever: when he performed, he was billed as the "World's Greatest Drummer" and it was no joke. He began playing publicly when he was just 18 months
old – an age when most of us are focused on figuring out how to walk straight. But he didn't peak as a child star. His career blossomed and grew over the years, and he played with jazz greats like Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw
, Les Brown
, and many more. When he died, 25 years ago today, the jazz world lost a star.
Buddy Rich (Wikimedia Commons/William P. Gottlieb)
For anyone who thinks jazz is boring, check out this Buddy Rich drum solo. His stick-trick (a special technique for super-fast rolls) and great charisma put some of today's rock ‘n’ roll drummers to shame.
Written by Linnea Crowther