Even if you don’t know Sidney Catlett (1910-1951, possibly the greatest percussionist in jazz) and his living son — a famous basketball player — you owe it to yourself to read this very touching article about son and father finding one another in ways that transcend the ordinary. 

Here are two links to the Washington Post article — and jazz fans will find the name of the author a special bonus.  I’m going to go through my day hearing in my head the sound of Spencer Clark (bass saxophone) in a trio with Erroll Garner and Sidney. 

Imagine what it feels like to hear your father’s voice for the first time when you are in your fifties:

And Sidney’s musical voice still reverberates for the rest of us:





4 responses to “HIS FATHER’S VOICE

  1. What a great post!! The music was right up my alley, and after reading the Washington Post articles, (very touching) I sat here and thought how great it must have been for little Sid to hear his Dad’s voice. I was also 2 years old when my father died and oh what I would give to hear his voice. I thank God that his music surfaced, and I have that, which is enormous to me. I have so many people to thank for that,,including you NM,,,Thank You,,

  2. What a beautiful story. Thanks for posting it. It’s wonderful to know that Jr. appreciates Sr.’s nonpareil talent and his contributions to jazz!

  3. Great story! I saw Sid Jr. play for Notre Dame in Madison Square Garden in the 1960s. Do you really think Goodman’s problem with Sid Sr. was that the drummer was “too loud”? Big Sid was never too loud. Methinks BG’s “problem” was that Big Sid was too damn good and got too much attention.

  4. Dynamite stuff, Michael, clips, links, commentary. And that Catlett-Krupa film was “sailin’, man.”

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