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Buddy Rich

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: September 30, 1917 | Died: April 2, 1987    

Arguably the greatest jazz drummer of all time, the legendary Buddy Rich exhibited his love for music through the dedication of his life to the art. His was a career that spanned seven decades, beginning when Rich was 18 months old and continuing until his death in 1987. Immensely gifted, Rich could play with remarkable speed and dexterity despite the fact that he never received a formal lesson and refused to practice outside of his performances.

Born Bernard Rich to vaudevillians Robert and Bess Rich on September 30, 1917, the famed drummer was introduced to audiences at a very young age. By 1921, he was a seasoned solo performer with his vaudeville act, “Traps the Drum Wonder.” With his natural sense of rhythm, Rich performed regularly on Broadway at the age of four. At the peak of Rich's early career, he was the second-highest paid child entertainer in the world....
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    Buddy Rich & His Buddies: Playtime

    Fresh Sound Records
    2012
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    Kind Of Rich

    Bizarre Planet Entertainment
    2011
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    Buddy Rich Memorial Concert

    Bizarre Planet Entertainment
    2009
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    Live in Miami with Flip Phillips

    Giant Steps
    2008
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    The Monster

    FiveFour
    2007
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    Man From Planet Jazz

    FiveFour
    2007
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    Buddy's Rock

    Bizarre Planet Entertainment
    2005
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