Gene Krupa’s friend, mentor and inspiration, Chick Webb.
In another video, Chick Webb’s drumming will be the focus but for today, let’s hear from someone in the bandstand: session musician and valve trombone soloist, Claude Jones.
Benny Goodman may have looked good on television, but Chick Webb and his Orchestra never failed to define swing music with every backbeat and measure.
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For comparison/contrast use only. From the French Best of Jazz CD series.
Composed by Edgar Sampson. Decca 483-A; New York, November 19, 1934: Chick Webb-dir-d/Mario Bauza-Bobby Stark-t/Taft Jordan-t-v/Claude Jones-tb/Pete Clarke-as/Edgar Sampson-as-a/Elmer Williams-ts/Wayman Carver-ts-f/Don Kirkpatrick-p/John Trueheart-bj-g/John Kirby-sb.