SIDNEY CATLETT, EARLY AND LATE

Big Sid to you.

SIDNEY CATLETT with WIRE BRUSHES

“Good deal!”

The eBay seller  says that the photograph came from the Burt Goldblatt collection.  Goldblatt (1924-2006), whom we all know from album covers and famous photographs, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts — so I am guessing that this photograph of Sidney (late in his short life) might have been taken in a Boston club — Sidney worked in that city in 1950, after leaving the Louis Armstrong All-Stars due to heart disease.    

Perhaps this could be the soundtrack to this photograph:

Or this:

Every little breeze — if it’s a rhythmic one — whispers “Sidney!”

This one’s for Romy, MB, KD, and Brother Hal . . .

May your happiness increase.

2 responses to “SIDNEY CATLETT, EARLY AND LATE

  1. Thank you, Michael ! – The greatest drummer in the broadest sense of the word- I can’t think of any jazz recording or band I witnessed playing live that put the rhythm section trading 4’s up front and horns coming in at the half- certainly not the norm- Sid had this wonderful imagination going on all the time- he treated the common in an uncommon way- and his “sound” is instantly recognizable- A shooting star that blazed across the midnight sky of jazz… “Linger Awhile” Big Sid —

  2. Joanne Horton

    It was taken at Storeyville when he was playing with Bob Wilber.George Wein’s first business venture!It was also Big Sid’s last gig!

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