David Black

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        As either David Black or Dave Black, this drummer was best known for an association with Duke Ellington that lasted between 1953 and 1955. Prior to that, he rode his cymbals for many a soloist as the house drummer at the Blue Note club in Philadelphia, backing up Charlie Parker, among others. The flamboyant Buddy Rich was Black's main man despite the vast difference in backgrounds -- the superstar drummer was a self-taught drummer as a child and never learned to read music, whil... Read more

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