Drummer Dave Black to perform with Portola bands March 28
Mark your calendars for an jazz explosion at Portola Middle School's Little
Theater on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00. Dave Black former Duke Ellington
drummer will be guest starring with the Portola jazz bands. Admission will be
$5 at the door. Baked goods will be available. This will be a high energy
Drummer Dave Black was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (b.
1/23/28). Growing up during the swing era of music exposed him to the great
big bands of the day, including the Benny Goodman Band. The
drumming of Gene Krupa impressed him and that was all it took to get him
started down the road toward a music career. A performer with strong roots
in swing and “traditional” jazz, Dave Black became the house drummer at the
Blue Note Club in Philadelphia, where he worked with saxophonist Georgie
Auld and clarinetist Buddy De Franco, two musicians with roots in swing.
Black’s technique and ability to play fast tempos made him a
favorite among the new jazz musicians who came to work at the Blue Note,
including alto saxophonist Charlie Parker.
Dave Black went on to audition for Duke Ellington and wound up getting the
nod, taking over the drum chair. Following drummer Louie Bellson on the
band, Dave Black continued the tradition that Louie Bellson started, using
two bass drums in his set-up. His stint with Ellington lasted just under
two years, from 1953-55. Polio forced him from the road, but not before he
had the opportunity to work with the stellar jazz stars that made up
Ellington’s band, including Clark Terry (trumpet) and his two section mates,
bassists Oscar Pettiford and Charles Mingus.
Recovered successfully from polio, he resumed his performing career, working
with traditional and swing groups, including the dixieland band of Bob
Scobey. More recently, he was the house drummer for the short lived
Coconut Grove Club in San Francisco, where he worked with singer Cami
Thompson. In between, he has worked with a variety of artists, including
Eddie Pasternak and Karen Lucas, pianist “T” Carson, and various groups led
by trombonist Rex Allen, including the New Gene Krupa Band, the San
Francisco Swing Express, and the Rex Allen Swing Express.
Run dates: 2001-02-28 - 2001-03-28