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Drumminʼ Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz The Swing Years

Burt Korall


In the 1930s swing music was everywhere—on radio, recordings, and in the great ballrooms, hotels, theatres, and clubs. Perhaps at no other time were drummers more central to the sound and spirit of jazz. Benny Goodman showcased Gene Krupa. Jimmy Dorsey featured Ray McKinley. Artie Shaw helped make Buddy Rich a star while Count Basie riffed with the innovative Jo Jones. Drummers were at the core of this music; as Jo Jones said, “The drummer is the key—the heartbeat of jazz”. An oral history told by the drummers, other musicians, and industry figures, this book is also Burt Korall's memoir of mo ... More

Keywords: swing music, jazz, drummers, Gene Krupa, Ray McKinley, Buddy Rich, Jo Jones, Burt Korall, Chick Webb, jazzmen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195157628
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Burt Korall, author