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Butch Ballard

George Edward “Butch” Ballard (b. December 26, 1918) is an American jazz drummer who during his long career has played with musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Ballard was born in Camden, New Jersey and grew up in Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child he followed American Legion parades near his home, focusing particularly on the drummer. When he was about 10 years old, Ballard's father bought him a set of drums from a pawnbroker and he began to take lessons for 75 cents each. He got the nickname “Butch” after Machine Gun Butch, a character in the 1930 film The Big House

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Ella Gahnt In Old City Phila. On Thurs. Nov. 15th!

Ella Gahnt In Old City Phila. On Thurs. Nov. 15th!

Appearing at Jazz Bridge in Old City! – at the Arch Street Friends Meeting House on 4th and Arch St. on November 15th — is singer Ella Gahnt. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 610-745-3011. Jazz Bridge, a 501C public charity that assists area jazz and blues ...

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Leon Jordan's Group @ Cheltenham Center For The Arts!

Leon Jordan's Group @ Cheltenham Center For The Arts!

Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham, PA on October 3rd, will be the talented, versatile, creative, soulful, and ever-swinging jazz drummer Leon Jordan and his group, featuring his son trumpeter Leon Jordan Jr., bassist Nimrod Speaks, and pianist Luke Carlos O'Reilly. One Show: 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 ...

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Jazz Bridge Presents Miss Justine at the Cheltenham Art Center on May 4th

To close out the 2010/2011 Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts Series in Cheltenham, jazz vocalist Miss Justine will be appearing at the Cheltenham Art Center, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA on May 4th with pianist Tom Lawton, guitarist Gerald “Twig" Smith and bassist Lee Smith. Miss Justine Keeys recorded two highly regarded CD's in the past decade—Tasty ...

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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 ...


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