THE DEAR DEPARTED PAST: 1948, 1959

Billie Holiday on the Eddie Condon Floor Show, 1948, by Genevieve Naylor

Billie Holiday on the Eddie Condon Floor Show, 1948, by Genevieve Naylor

George Wettling and Hot Lips Page, Eddie Condon's Floor Show, 1948, by Genevieve Naylor

George Wettling and Hot Lips Page, Eddie Condon's Floor Show, 1948, by Genevieve Naylor

Newport 1959: Buck Clayton, PeeWee Russell, Buzzy Drootin, Ruby Braff

Newport 1959: Buck Clayton, PeeWee Russell, Buzzy Drootin, Ruby Braff

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6 responses to “THE DEAR DEPARTED PAST: 1948, 1959

  1. 1959 – spang in the middle of the two or three years of outrageous tail lights. How many cars ended with “E” in ’59? ‘Dodge’ for one. Any other guesses?…sp

  2. The Newport ’59 is one of my favourite pictures of Pee Wee Russell, who incidentally is a great subject for jazz photography!

    Best regards,
    Agustín

  3. 7seasmediamanagement

    That’s my dad with Buck, PeeWee and Ruby! Never saw this photo…thanks for posting it.

  4. Wow! That’s the hidden purpose of this blog — bringing families together through jazz. Seriously, Buzzy was a marvelous drummer: I saw him a good deal in 1972 at Sunday jam sessions, holding the band together, beating the hell out of his piccolo snare, his mouth open in a roar during his solos. And his work with the whole Condon mob from 1945 to the end! Got any stories for us, Mr. Drootin? I’d love to hear them and post them, too. Your father hasn’t gotten the attention he deserved. Not ever! Cheers, Michael Steinman

  5. Michael,

    I just read your comments and I appreciate them greatly. My father was quite a character. He told me many stories, unfortunately that all occurred before I was born, of him with Charlie Parker (his song Buzzy is named after my dad), Miles, Dizzie and others. I had the pleasure of meeting many of the greats he played with….Pee Wee, Eddie Condon, of course Ruby who were all great friends and family. Being Eddie’s house drummer for years allowed him to play with Billie Holiday, Louie, and many other greats. My father once told me that a drummers job was to make the rest of the band sound good. He certainly did that for many years! He was playing right up till he passed away in 2000. Your photo reminds me of how proud I was to be his son. One story for you….he was once playing at Eddie Condons and the Beatles were in NY before their appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. He told me a couple of the guys in the band (to this day I still don’t know) came in and were dancing. My dad told me he had to close his eyes while playing because they were throwing him off so badly..lol. A typical Buzzy story. Thanks again Michael

  6. Dear Tony,

    If I close my eyes I can see your father beating the hell out of his snare and rumbling away vocally — it is 1972 and I am 19 and he is maybe eight feet away from me — having the time of his life. Thank you so much for those stories and making Buzzy Drootin appear in front of my eyes and in my ears — what a great gift! With affection, Michael

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