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Butch Ballard: Legendary Philadelphia Drummer

Read "Butch Ballard: Legendary Philadelphia Drummer" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

George Edward “Butch Ballard is a celebrated drummer, now 88, who swung with the Cootie Williams, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie big bands, to mention just a few of the items on his resume. Beyond that, however, this cat is truly an American phenomenon, an African-American from a working class family who realized his childhood dream through a total obsession with the drums during the time of segregation and through to the present day. Now, he looks back ...


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