Basic Background Info

Birth: September 30, 1917 - April 2, 1987
Location: New York City, New York
Band: Buddy Rich
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Without any formal lessons or ever practicing, Buddy Rich was arguably the very best jazz drummer to ever live.

Born Bernard Rich, his parents were vaudevillians and introduced him to live performances as a young child. As a four year old, Buddy Rich regularly drummed in Broadway performances. When he was just seven years old, Buddy Rich performed a solo vaudeville act, Traps the Magic Wonder. Buddy Rich earned the second highest pay of any child entertainer in the world during these years.

When he reached twenty, Buddy Rich began playing jazz with Joe Marsala at the Hickory House in New York. After just two years, he joined Tommy Dorsey’s band, where he played from 1939 to 1945. At Tommy Dorsey’s suggestion, Buddy Rich released an instructional book, Buddy Rich’s Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments, which he co-authored with drum teacher Henry Adler in 1942. Although Adler occasionally taught Buddy Rich to read music, he accepted no responsibility for teaching Buddy to play. He said, "I came along after he had already acquired his technique."

In the late 1940s, Buddy Rich regularly performed with Jazz at the Philharmonic and appeared in the Hollywood films Symphony of Swing, Ship Ahoy, and How’s About It. During the 1950s and 1960s, Buddy Rich accompanied many musical greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Ventura, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Les Brown, Charlie Ventura, Harry James, Louis Armstrong, and Gene Krupa.

After solidifying his status as an impeccable musician, Buddy Rich formed his own bands and opened two nightclubs to showcase them. One of these adaptations was a big band medley derived from West Side Story, his most popular arrangement. Buddy Rich performed with his big band configuration for more than twenty years. Buddy Rich's mastery of the drums and biting good humor drove the nightclubs’ success . The second club was an outlet for Buddy to offer his customers’ evolving tastes music with new elements of rock music. This also helped Buddy Rich develop his skills as a great rock drummer, in addition to a great jazz drummer.

It wasn’t just fans who appreciated Buddy Rich's deft drumming. Berklee College of Music awarded Buddy Rich an honorary doctorate of music in 1980. Buddy Rich performed for the King of Thailand, the Queen of England, King Hussein of Jordan, President Franklin Roosevelt, President Ronald Reagan, and President John F. Kennedy. Buddy repeatedly won the reader polls of Modern Drummer Magazine and Downbeat Magazine and is a member of both of their Halls of Fame.

Buddy Rich had a heart attack in 1959, but he continued performing without consequence for almost thirty years. However, on April 2, 1987, Buddy Rich died of heart failure following surgery on a malignant brain tumor. An old friend, Frank Sinatra, delivered his eulogy.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1918 RCA Victor Jazz: The First Half-Century - The Twenties... Various Artists
1919 Tribute to Black Entertainers Various Artists
1924 I Got Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin Various Artists
1928 Duke Ellington, Vol. 9: Pianist Duke Ellington
1929 Swinging the Blues Various Artists
1935 Bunny Berigan: Leader & Sideman Bunny Berigan
1935 Having a Wonderful Time Tommy Dorsey
1935 I'm Getting Sentimental over You Tommy Dorsey
1935 Pied Piper Bunny Berigan
1936 1936-1942 Joe Marsala
1936 Jammin' with Lester [History] Lester Young
1937 1937-1938 Maxine Sullivan
1937 1937-1939 Bunny Berigan
1937 Introduction to Artie Shaw: His Best 1937-1942 Artie Shaw
1937 It's Wonderful Maxine Sullivan
1937 Masterpieces, Vol. 11 Artie Shaw
1937 Sophisticated Swing Bunny Berigan
1938 Original Jazz Masters Series, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1938 Personal Best Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
1938 Radio Years, Vol. 1, 1938 Artie Shaw
1938 Traffic Jam [Viper's Nest] Artie Shaw
1939 Live in Hi-Fi Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
1939 Rare V-Discs, Vol. 2: The Big Bands Various Artists
1939 Yes, Indeed! Tommy Dorsey
1940 1940s: The Jazz Singers Various Artists
1940 Golden Years, Vol. 3 (1940-1944) Count Basie
1940 Saturday Afternoon at the Meadowbrook: 1940 Tommy Dorsey
1940 Tommy Dorsey Plays Sweet and Hot Tommy Dorsey
1941 All the Cats Join In, Vol. 3 Benny Goodman
1943 Best of the Columbia Years: 1943-1952 Frank Sinatra
1943 Carnegie Hall V-Disc Session (April 1944) Tommy Dorsey
1943 Complete Capitol Studio Recordings of Stan Kenton... Stan Kenton
1943 Jubilee Alternatives Count Basie Orchestra
1943 Well Git It! Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
1944 All Time Hit Parade Rehearsals Tommy Dorsey
1944 Beaver Junction (1944-1946) Count Basie
1944 Rare V-Discs, Vol. 3: The Girls Various Artists
1945 Buddy Rich & His Legendary '47-'48 Orchestra Buddy Rich
1945 First Herd Woody Herman
1945 It Don't Mean a Thing Lionel Hampton & Duke Ellington
1945 Jazz Encounters Nat King Cole
1945 Thundering Herds 1945-1947 Woody Herman
1945 Ultimate Jazz Various Artists
1946 Aerobleu: The Spirit of Cool Various Artists
1946 Bird of Paradise Charlie Parker
1946 Compact Jazz: Charlie Parker Plays the Blues Charlie Parker
1946 Double Talk Fats Navarro
1946 Giants of Small Band Swing, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1946 Illusion Buddy Rich
1946 Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1946 Charlie Parker
1946 Jazz Scene Various Artists
1946 Lester Swings Lester Young
1946 One Night Stand Buddy Rich & His Orchestra
1946 Plays Mel Powell Benny Goodman
1946 Post-War Era Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
1947 American Icon Louis Armstrong
1947 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
1947 Saturday Night Swing Session Various Artists
1949 Blue Skies: The Irving Berlin Songbook Various Artists
1949 Complete Bud Powell on Verve Bud Powell
1949 First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald
1949 Genius of Bud Powell Bud Powell
1949 Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1949 Charlie Parker
1949 Ultimate Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
1950 Bird & Diz Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie
1950 Dizzy's Diamonds: The Best of Verve Years Dizzy Gillespie
1950 Isn't It Romantic: Rodgers and Hart Songbook Various Artists
1950 Tommy Dorsey Tommy Dorsey
1950 Ultimate Lester Young Lester Young
1952 Compact Jazz: Oscar Peterson and Friends Oscar Peterson
1952 Complete Verve Recordings of the Teddy Wilson Trio Teddy Wilson
1952 Cosmopolite: The Oscar Peterson Verve Sessions Benny Carter
1952 New Jazz Sounds: The Urbane Sessions Benny Carter
1952 Swinging Count Buddy Rich
1953 Big Band Charlie Parker
1953 Buddy Rich Swinging Buddy Rich
1953 Golden Years, Vol. 1 1952-1958 Stan Getz
1953 Norman Granz Jam Session #8 Various Artists
1953 Sweets at the Haig Harry Edison
1953 Swingin' Buddy Rich Buddy Rich
1954 Compact Jazz: Lionel Hampton Lionel Hampton
1954 Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces Art Tatum
1954 Lionel Hampton Quintet Lionel Hampton
1955 Buddy and Sweets Buddy Rich And Harry "Sweets" Edison
1955 Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich: Compact Jazz Gene Krupa with Buddy Rich
1955 Hampton-Tatum-Rich Trio Buddy Rich
1955 Krupa & Rich Gene Krupa
1955 Krupa & Rich Various Artists
1955 Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie Oscar Peterson
1955 Pres and Sweets Lester Young w/ Harry Sweets Edison
1955 Sing and Swing with Buddy Rich Buddy Rich
1955 Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 3 Art Tatum
1955 Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 4 Art Tatum
1955 Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 5 Art Tatum
1955 Wailing Buddy Rich Buddy Rich
1956 Buddy Rich Sings Johnny Mercer Buddy Rich
1956 Ella and Louis Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1956 Jam Session #7 Norman Granz
1956 Jazz Festival Various Artists
1956 Let's Do It: The Best of the Verve Years Louis Armstrong
1956 This One's for Basie Buddy Rich & His Orchestra
1957 Buddy Rich Just Sings Buddy Rich
1957 Essential Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong
1957 Just Sings Buddy Rich
1958 Buddy Rich in Miami Buddy Rich
1958 Cinch Buddy Rich
1959 Buddy Rich Buddy Rich
1959 Rich Versus Roach Buddy Rich/Max Roach
1959 Richcraft Buddy Rich
1959 Verve Jazz Masters 55 Harry James
1959 Voice Is Rich Buddy Rich
1960 Driver Buddy Rich
1960 Jazz Scene Various Artists
1960 Playtime Buddy Rich & His Buddies
1961 Blues Caravan Buddy Rich
1961 Playmates Buddy Rich
1962 Burnin' Beat Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich
1965 Lionel Hampton & Friends: Rare Recordings, Vol. 1 Lionel Hampton
1965 Vintage Hampton Lionel Hampton
1966 Best of Buddy Rich: The Pacific Jazz Years Buddy Rich
1966 Last Known Taped Live Performance at Grendale Lair... Buddy Rich Big Band
1966 Newport Jazz All Stars Newport Jazz FAll Stars
1966 Pianist Duke Ellington
1966 Sounds of '66 Sammy Davis, Jr./Buddy Rich
1966 Swingin' New Band Buddy Rich
1966 Swingin' New Big Band Buddy Rich
1967 Big Band Shout Buddy Rich
1967 Big Swing Face Buddy Rich
1967 New One! The Buddy Rich Big Band
1967 That's All! Sammy Davis, Jr.
1968 Mercy, Mercy Buddy Rich
1968 Rich Ala Rahka Buddy Rich
1969 Buddy & Soul Buddy Rich
1969 Song Is You Stan Getz
1969 Super Rich Buddy Rich
196 Crazy Rhythm Harry James
1970 Buddy Rich Greatest Hits Buddy Rich
1970 Keep the Customer Satisfied Buddy Rich
1971 Buddy Rich in London Buddy Rich
1971 Different Drummer Buddy Rich
1971 Time Being Buddy Rich
1971 Very Live at Buddy's Place Buddy Rich
1972 Stick It Buddy Rich
1973 Ease on Down the Road Buddy Rich & His Big Band
1973 Jazz Collector Edition Buddy Rich & His Orchestra
1973 Roar of '74 Buddy Rich
1974 Hamp's Blues Lionel Hampton
1974 Last Blues Album, Vol. 1 Buddy Rich
1974 Transition Buddy Rich
1975 Big Band Machine Buddy Rich
1975 Both Sides Buddy Rich
1976 Speak No Evil Buddy Rich
1977 Buddy Rich Plays and Plays and Plays Buddy Rich
1977 Class of '78 Buddy Rich
1977 Europe '77 Buddy Rich & His Orchestra
1977 Giants of Jazz, Vol. 1 Lionel Hampton with Gerry Mulligan
1977 Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived With...The Best Band... Buddy Rich
1977 Lionel Hampton Presents Buddy Rich Buddy Rich
1977 Sound of Jazz Buddy Rich
1978 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Sammy Davis, Jr.
1978 Mr. Drums Buddy Rich
1978 Together Again: For the First Time Mel TormÈ & Buddy Rich
1978 Zoot Sims: Air Mail Special Buddy Rich
1978 No Jive Buddy Rich
1980 Live at Ronnie Scott's Buddy Rich
1981 Buddy Rich Band Buddy Rich
1981 Charlie Parker with Strings Charlie Parker with Strings
1981 Tommy Dorsey - Frank Sinatra Tommy Dorsey/Frank Sinatra
1983 Big Band Jazz, Vol. 1: From the Beginning to the Fifties Various Artists
1984 Tuff Dude Buddy Rich
1985 Drum Battle: Jazz at the Philharmonic Gene Krupa
1985 Mr. Drums: Live on King Street, San Francisco Buddy Rich
1986 Denon Jazz Sampler, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1987 Begin the Beguine Artie Shaw and His Orchestra
1987 Best of Art Tatum Art Tatum
1987 Compact Jazz: Best of the Big Bands Various Artists
1987 Compact Jazz: Buddy Rich Buddy Rich
1988 Bird: The Original Recordings of Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
1988 Irving Berlin Always Irving Berlin
1989 Best of the Big Bands, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1989 Jazz Club: Drums Various Artists
1989 Jazz Club: Piano Various Artists
1989 Jazz Club: Tenor Sax Various Artists
1989 Somebody Loves Me Zoot Sims
1990 1964 Live! in the Holiday Ballroom, Chicago Harry James & His Orchestra
1990 Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve Charlie Parker
1990 Bluebird Sampler 1990 Various Artists
1990 Cole Porter Songbook Charlie Parker
1990 Compact Jazz: Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
1990 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Sammy Davis, Jr.
1990 Groove Merchant Buddy Rich
1990 Jimmy McGriff Jimmy McGriff
1990 Kings of Swing Various Artists
1990 LRC Jazz Sampler, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1990 Metronome All-Star Bands The Metronome All-Stars
1991 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
1991 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Piano Various Artists
1991 Jazz Collector Edition Buddy Rich
1991 Jazz Collector Edition, Vol. 6-10 Various Artists
1991 Jazz Collector Edition: Artie Shaw and His Orchestra Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
1991 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Big Bands Various Artists
1991 Loot to Boot Illinois Jacquet
1991 Play Selections from West Side Story & Other Delights Buddy Rich with Maynard Ferguson
1991 Rags to Riches Buddy Rich
1991 Will to Swing Oscar Peterson
1992 Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
1992 Dinner Jazz Various Artists
1992 Ella and Louis Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong
1992 Essential Big Bands Various Artists
1992 Essential Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
1992 Frenesi Artie Shaw
1992 Jazz 'Round Midnight: The Big Band Various Artists
1992 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Trumpet Various Artists
1992 Jazz Divas: Studio Various Artists
1992 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Drums Various Artists
1992 Summer Thing Zoot Sims
1992 Swingin' New Big Band/Keep the Customer Satisfied Buddy Rich
1992 Vintage Jazz, Volume 1 Various Artists
1992 Vintage Jazz, Volume 2 Various Artists
1992 You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930's Various Artists
1993 Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 1939-1940 Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
1993 Jazz Classics Buddy Rich
1993 Original Jazz Masters Series, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1993 Original Mambo Kings: An Introduction to Afro-Cubop 1948-1954 Various Artists
1993 Why Do I Love You? Miles Davis & Tuba Band
1994 1940-1941, Vol. 6 Charlie Christian
1994 Artie Shaw, Vol. 2 Artie Shaw
1994 Best of the Jazz Saxophones, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1994 Best of the Jazz Saxophones, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1994 Bird Eyes, Vol. 17: Last Unissued Charlie Parker
1994 Buddy Rich & His Big Band at Stadthalle Leonberg Germany Buddy Rich & His Big Band
1994 Buddy Rich at Birdland Buddy Rich
1994 Gershwin Songbook: 'S Marvelous: Various Artists
1994 Harry's Delight Harry James
1994 Introducing Verve Jazz Masters, Vol. 20 Various Artists
1994 Jazz Anthology: 1942 Various Artists
1994 Little Jazz: The Best of Verve Years Roy Eldridge
1994 Live at Newport & at the Hollywood Bowl Woody Herman/Stan Getz
1994 LRC Jazz Sampler, Vols. 4 & 5 Various Artists
1994 Nat King Cole Trio Nat King Cole
1994 Palladium November 26, 1940 Tommy Dorsey
1994 Stop, Look & Listen Tommy Dorsey
1994 Sweet Georgia Brown Buddy Rich
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 10 Dizzy Gillespie
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 15 Charlie Parker
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 26 Lionel Hampton/Oscar Peterson
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 2 Count Basie
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 30 Lester Young
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 34 Coleman Hawkins
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 6 Ella Fitzgerald
1995 1938 Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra
1995 Art Vocal, Vol. 14: La SÈlection: 1939-1943 Frank Sinatra
1995 Best of Lionel Hampton [Who's Who] Lionel Hampton
1995 Big Band Jump: Swing Anthology Various Artists
1995 Bird's Best Bop on Verve Charlie Parker
1995 Blues, Boogie, and Bop: The Best of the 1940's Various Artists
1995 Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes Charlie Parker with Strings
1995 Complete Gershwin Songbooks Various Artists
1995 Confirmation: The Best of the Verve Years Charlie Parker
1995 Gangbusters Bunny Berigan
1995 Great Jazz Bands Various Artists
1995 His Best Recordings: 1935-1939 Bunny Berigan
1995 International Jazz All Stars, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1995 International Jazz All Stars, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1995 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Count Basie Count Basie
1995 Jazz Collection: 100 Jazz Hits Various Artists
1995 Jazz Films Buddy Rich & Gene Krupa
1995 Jazz Sides: Verve Jazz Masters 46 Ella Fitzgerald
1995 Mercury Records Jazz Story Various Artists
1995 Old Fashioned Swing Lionel Hampton
1995 Piano Legends Various Artists
1995 Retrospective (1929-1963) Coleman Hawkins
1995 Swingin' High Bunny Berigan
1995 Too Marvelous for Words: The Johnny Mercer Songbook Various Artists
1995 Vol. 1: 1935-1940 Frank Sinatra
1995 Vol. 2: 1940 Frank Sinatra
1995 Vol. 3: 1939-1940 Frank Sinatra
1995 Vol. 4: 1940 Frank Sinatra
1995 Vol. 5: 1940-1941 Frank Sinatra
1996 1938-1942 Bunny Berrigan
1996 1938-1945 Woody Herman & His Orchestra
1996 Band That Plays the Blues Woody Herman
1996 Big Band Masters Various Artists
1996 Big Band Renaissance Various Artists
1996 Bird Eyes, Vol. 9 Charlie Parker
1996 Complete Rodgers & Hart Songbook Various Artists
1996 Day by Day Buddy Rich
1996 Hot Trumpets: 25 Great Jazz Trumpets Various Artists
1996 In Vienna, Vol. 1 Harry James
1996 Irish American Trombone Tommy Dorsey
1996 Jazz Anthology: 1939 Various Artists
1996 Jazz Anthology: 1940 Various Artists
1996 Jazz Anthology: 1941 Various Artists
1996 Jazz Anthology: 1943-1944 Various Artists
1996 Jazz Anthology: Memorable Jazz Hi-Lites 1945 Various Artists
1996 Let's Go for Shaw Artie Shaw
1996 Masterpieces, Vol. 15 Tommy Dorsey
1996 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 4: Big Bands of the 50s & 60s Various Artists
1996 Rich & Famous Buddy Rich
1996 String of Pearls: 20 Original Big Band Hits Various Artists
1996 Take It Away Buddy Rich
1996 That Sentimental Gentleman Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
1996 Together Tommy Dorsey/Frank Sinatra
1996 TV's Stage Show The Dorsey Brothers
1996 Verve Jazz Masters 60: The Collection Various Artists
1996 Vol. 7: 1942 Frank Sinatra
1996 Who's Who in Jazz Various Artists
1997 1939-1946 Benny Goodman Big Band
1997 1939-1946 Billy Kyle
1997 1945 Nat King Cole
1997 1945 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
1997 Art of Jazz Saxophone: Classic Sounds Various Artists
1997 Art of Jazz Saxophone Various Artists
1997 Art of Saxophone Various Artists
1997 Best of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1997 Blues in the Night: The Johnny Mercer Songbook Various Artists
1997 Burning for Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich Various Artists
1997 Complete Irving Berlin Songbooks Various Artists
1997 Complete Jerome Kern Songbooks Various Artists
1997 Great Moments Buddy Rich
1997 How Deep Is the Ocean?: The Irving Berlin Songbook Various Artists
1997 Jazz Profile Art Pepper
1997 Legends Jazz Greats: Up Front and Center Various Artists
1997 Legends: Memorable Performances Various Artists
1997 Live Down Under 1973 with Zoot Sims Benny Goodman
1997 RCA Victor 80th Anniversary, Vol. 3: 1940-1949 Various Artists
1997 RCA Victor 80th Anniversary, Vol. 6: 1970-1979 Various Artists
1997 Say It With a Kiss Maxine Sullivan
1997 Teenage Stan, Vol. 1: 1943-1946 Stan Getz
1997 Voice of the Big Bands Helen Forrest
1997 Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Collection Charlie Parker
1997 Yesterdays: The Jerome Kern Songbook - Instrumentals Various Artists
1997 Young Shavers Charlie Shavers
1998 1939 Artie Shaw
1998 1943-1947 Lester Young
1998 1945-1947 Ella Fitzgerald
1998 1946, Vol. 8 Lester Young
1998 1950-1960: Little Jazz Roy Eldridge
1998 52nd Street: Street of Jazz Various Artists
1998 Art of the Saxophone Ballad Various Artists
1998 Battle of the Bands: Herman Vs. Rich Various Artists
1998 By George (& Ira): Red Hot on Gershwin Various Artists
1998 Complete Jazz at Philharmonic on Verve 1944-1949 Various Artists
1998 Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook Various Artists
1998 Essential Jazz Ballads, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1998 Essential Jazz Ballads, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1998 Essential Jazz Ballads, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1998 Genius of Keyboard Art Tatum
1998 Genius of Modern Piano: 1947-1957 Bud Powell
1998 Giant Steps Buddy Rich
1998 Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1946 Charlie Parker
1998 Jazz at the Philharmonic: The Best of the 1940s Conce Various Artists
1998 Legendary: 1946-1948 Buddy Rich
1998 Loch Lomond: Greatest Hits 1937-1942 Maxine Sullivan
1998 Our Love Is Here to Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1998 Planet Jazz Artie Shaw
1998 Pure Be-Bop Various Artists
1998 Pure Ella: The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
1998 Pure Swing: Hold Your Hats Various Artists
1998 Pure Swing: Jivin' Jams Various Artists
1998 Small Groups 1945-1950: Night in Tunisia Dizzy Gillespie
1998 Trav'lin Light: The Johnny Mercer Songbook Various Artists
1998 Ultimate Divas Various Artists
1998 Ultimate Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
1998 Young Bird, Vol. 5: 1945-1946 Charlie Parker
1999 1939, Vol. 2 Artie Shaw
1999 1945-1953 Charlie Parker
1999 1946-1947 Lester Young
1999 1947, Vol. 2 Stan Kenton
1999 1954-1966 Harry James
1999 Afro Cuban Jazz: 1947-1960 Various Artists
1999 Anniversary Duke Ellington
1999 Artie & the Singers Artie Shaw
1999 Best of North Sea Jazz Festival, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Big Band Bash Tommy Dorsey
1999 Big Band Jazz [Hindsight] Various Artists
1999 Bird [Giants of Jazz] Charlie Parker
1999 Blowin Up a Storm: Classic First Herd Sides Woody Herman
1999 Blue Big Bands: A Swingin' Affair Various Artists
1999 Blue Break Beats, Vol. 1-4 Various Artists
1999 Blues After Hours, 1 Various Artists
1999 Blues After Hours, 2 Various Artists
1999 Blues For Norman Charlie Parker
1999 Classic Tracks Bunny Berigan
1999 Complete Capitol Recordings: Gene Krupa and Harry James Gene Krupa
1999 Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve Lester Young
1999 Complete Quartets & Quintets Lionel Hampton & Oscar Peterson
1999 Everything's Cool Fats Navarro
1999 Exercise in Swing Lester Young/Nat King Cole/Johnny Guarni
1999 Fats Blows (1946-1949) Fats Navarro/Charlie Parker/Lennie Trist
1999 From Dizzy To Miles Charlie Parker
1999 George Gershwin by the Giants of Jazz Various Artists
1999 Greatest Hits 1940-1947 Frank Sinatra
1999 History of Jazz Drumming, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 History of Jazz Drumming, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1999 Immortal Concerts Charlie Parker
1999 Inspired By The Motion Picture Bird Charlie Parker
1999 Just One of Those Things Lionel Hampton
1999 Live 1938-1939, Vol. 2 Artie Shaw
1999 Live In 1938-1939, Vol. 1 Artie Shaw
1999 Lost Chords: 1915-1945 Various Artists
1999 Mood Indigo Duke Ellington
1999 Music at Sunset Andre Previn & Nat King Cole
1999 Night at Birdland Various Artists
1999 Night Trip Toshio Matsuura
1999 Original Jazz Legends, Vol. 1: Torrid Trumpeters Various Artists
1999 Original Jazz Legends, Vol. 2: Everyone Loves Ellington Various Artists
1999 Ship Ahoy & Las Vegas Nights Original Soundtracks
1999 Swingin' Wedding Various Artists
1999 Talkin' Bird Charlie Parker
1999 This and That Count Basie
1999 Trumpet Blues: The Best of Harry James Harry James
1999 Volume 10 Buddy Rich
1999 Well Done Choice Cuts, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Well Done Choice Cuts, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1999 Young Bird, Vol. 6: 1947 Charlie Parker
2000 1947-1949 Charlie Parker
2000 Anatomy of a Jam Session Nat King Cole/Buddy Rich
2000 Best of Jazz [Box Set] Various Artists
2000 Best of Lionel Hampton Lionel Hampton/Dexter Gordon/Teddy Wilson
2000 Black Box of Jazz Various Artists
2000 Blow Up a Go Go! Various Artists
2000 Charlie Shavers: Swing Era ,1937-1945 Charlie Shavers
2000 Complete Capitol Recordings of Woody Herman Woody Herman
2000 Complete HRS Sessions Various Artists
2000 Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four Sessions Max Roach
2000 Complete RCA-Victor Mid-Forties Recordings (1944-1946) Duke Ellington
2000 Complete Recordings Lester Young & Nat King Cole
2000 Cuban Latino Jazz: 1930-1949 Various Artists
2000 Dameronia Fats Navarro
2000 Different Version, Vol. 5 Benny Goodman
2000 Famous JATP Performances Coleman Hawkins & Lester Young
2000 From Swing to Bebop Various Artists
2000 Good Earth Woody Herman
2000 I Had the Craziest Dream Helen Forrest
2000 It's Been a Long, Long Time: 1945 Various Artists
2000 Jazz Collection: The Art of Jazz Saxophone Various Artists
2000 Joe Goulder's Secret Original Score
2000 Jumpin' at the Woodside: 20 Original Big Band Hits Various Artists
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Dizzy Gillespie
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Charlie Parker
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Lester Young
2000 Legends of Jazz, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2000 Lester Young Story Lester Young
2000 Live in New York 1955-1956 The Dorsey Brothers
2000 Night Out With Verve Various Artists
2000 Only Big Band CD You'll Ever Need Various Artists
2000 Permanent Goodman, Vol. 2 Benny Goodman
2000 Sammy and Friends Sammy Davis, Jr.
2000 Sounding off: Best of New Jazz Language Various Artists
2000 Total Swing, Vol. 1 Lionel Hampton & Buddy Rich
2000 Vocalists of Jazz & Entertainment Various Artists
2000 Vol. 2: Sweet and Simple Helen Forrest & Artie Shaw and His Orchestra
2000 Vol.10: 1941-1942 Frank Sinatra
2001 100% Pure Funk Jimmy McGriff
2001 1944-1945 Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
2001 1947 Klactoveedsedstene Charlie Parker
2001 1947-1949 Nat King Cole
2001 1949-1950 Bud Powell
2001 All Star Small Groups Buddy Rich
2001 Bebop Years Coleman Hawkins
2001 Best Band I Ever Had Buddy Rich
2001 Best of the War Years Nat King Cole
2001 Black and White Box of Jazz Various Artists
2001 Blax-Plosion Various Artists
2001 Blues by Basie/One O'Clock Jump Count Basie
2001 Cabu Collection Sarah Vaughan
2001 Christmas Jump and Jive Various Artists
2001 Complete Original American Victor Recordings Count Basie
2001 Complete Studio Recordings Charlie Christian
2001 Fats Navarro Story Fats Navarro
2001 Golden Era Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
2001 Great Ladies on V-Disc, Vol. 1 Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald/Sarah Vaughn
2001 Greatest Jazz Concerts, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2001 Highlights from Self Portrait Artie Shaw
2001 Inside the Music: Classic Jazz Various Artists
2001 Jammin' With Lester Lester Young
2001 Jazz at the Philharmonic Charlie Parker & Lester Young
2001 Jazz Greats: Legends of Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2001 Jazz Grooves Various Artists
2001 Jazz Memories Various Artists
2001 Jazz Monterey: 1958-1980 Various Artists
2001 Jazz Romance: A Night in With Verve Various Artists
2001 Jumpin' Jubilee: The Jam Sessions, 1945-1946 Various Artists
2001 Latin Silk Buddy Rich
2001 Little Pee's Blues Lester Young
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: A Kiss to Build a Dream On Various Artists
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: Everyday I Have the Blues Various Artists
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: Good Vibration Various Artists
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: Just One of Those Things Various Artists
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: Time Anthology Various Artists
2001 Not So Quiet Please Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
2001 Novelty Trio & Quintet Adrian Rollini
2001 Self Portrait Artie Shaw
2001 So Sorry Please Bud Powell
2001 Swing Legends: 22 Classic Hits Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
2001 Tempus Fugue-It Bud Powell
2001 Time Remembered: LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology Various Artists
2001 Very Best of Artie Shaw Artie Shaw
2001 Wham! Live Buddy Rich
2001 Woody Herman Story Woody Herman
2002 1909-1942: Flat Foot Floogie Bunny Berigan
2002 1947-1951 Lester Young
2002 1950-1951 Count Basie & His Orchestra
2002 1950 Charlie Parker
2002 All or Nothing at All Frank Sinatra
2002 Alternative Takes, Vol. 1: 1939-1947 Lester Young
2002 Alternative Takes, Vol. 4: 1948-1950 Charlie Parker
2002 Back to Breaks: The True Sounds from the Original Block... Various Artists
2002 Bebop, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2002 Big Band Era Various Artists
2002 Bop for the People Charlie Ventura
2002 Boss Bird Charlie Parker
2002 Celebrate the Big Apple Various Artists
2002 Chips & Cheers: Blue Note Mix Tape, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2002 Classic Jazz: Jazz Legends Various Artists
2002 Complete 1947-1951 Verve Master Takes Flip Phillips
2002 Complete Verve Masters with Strings Charlie Parker
2002 Continental Tommy Dorsey
2002 Definitive Nat "King" Cole Nat King Cole
2002 Dizzy Gillespie Story: 1939-1950 Dizzy Gillespie
2002 Ella Fitzgerald: Portrait Ella Fitzgerald
2002 Greatest Verve Bop Quintets Charlie Parker
2002 Hardee's Partee: The Forgotten Texas Tenor John Hardee
2002 Harry James at the Hollywood Palladium/Trumpet After Midnight Harry James
2002 Jazz Odyssey Oscar Peterson
2002 Jazz Singing Various Artists
2002 Jumpin Jubilee: Jam Sessions 1945-1946 Various Artists
2002 Keep on Flippin', Vol. 3 1952 Flip Phillips
2002 Latin Jazz: La CombinaciÛn Perfecta Various Artists
2002 Legendary, Vol. 5 Ella Fitzgerald
2002 Lester Swings Lester Young
2002 Lester Young: Portrait Lester Young
2002 Lover Man Charlie Parker
2002 Montreal Jazz Festival Various Artists
2002 Octet Sounds: The Complete Octet Studio Record Count Basie
2002 Quartet and Quintet, Complete 1951-1952 Verve Studios Charlie Ventura
2002 Quintessence New York - Hollywood: 1942-1947 Charlie Parker
2002 Quintessence New York: 1936-1948 Ella Fitzgerald
2002 Quintessence New York: 1944-1948 Sarah Vaughan
2002 Quintets: 1945-51 Charlie Parker
2002 Rich Versus Roach Buddy Rich
2002 Ritmo Caliente Machito
2002 S'Wonderful 1949-50 Recordings Les Brown & His Band of Renown
2002 Sweeter as the Years Go By Helen Forrest
2002 Swing: Bandstand Kings Various Artists
2002 Swingville Sampler Various Artists
2002 Tap Room Swing Adrian Rollini
2002 They Also Sang With Tommy Dorsey, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2002 Verve Latin Sides Charlie Parker
2002 Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands 1943-45: Wartime Various Artists
2002 Vol. 1 Harry James and His New Jazz Band
2002 Vol. 2 Harry James and His New Jazz Band
2002 Yes Indeed Jo Stafford
2003 1936-1948: The President of the Tenor Sax Lester Young
2003 1948-1952 Benny Carter
2003 50 Sublimes Chanteurs de Jazz: 1940-53 Various Artists
2003 A Melody From the Sky: 1932-1940 Bunny Berigan
2003 Amazing Trumpet of Mister Charlie Charlie Shavers
2003 America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years Count Basie
2003 Best of the Pablo Group Masterpieces Art Tatum
2003 Buddy's Cherokee: The Lionel Hampton Sessions Buddy Rich
2003 Classic Jazz: Jazz Greats Various Artists
2003 Complete 1941-1951 Columbia Recordings Count Basie
2003 Complete Verve Master Takes Charlie Parker
2003 Complete Verve Roy Eldridge Studio Sessions Roy Eldridge
2003 Duke: Edward Kennedy Ellington and His Orchestra Duke Ellington
2003 GI Juke Box Jive Various Artists
2003 His First Three Bands: 1936-1940 Artie Shaw
2003 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You Tommy Dorsey
2003 In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee, 1947-1953 Allen Eager
2003 Jazz!!! Frank Sinatra
2003 Let's Do It Bunny Berigan
2003 Live Concert: Buddy's Place Buddy Rich
2003 Lotta Sax Appeal: A Saxophone Retrospective Various Artists
2003 Nature Boy Nat King Cole
2003 Platinum & Gold Collection Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey
2003 Quintessence New York - Chicago - Hollywood, Vol. 2: 1942-52 Count Basie
2003 Sentimental Thing [2003] Les Brown
2003 Smo-o-oth Vintage Jazz: 1935-1952 Various Artists
2003 Summit Meetings 1939-50 Metronome All Stars/Esquire All Stars
2004 1950-1953 Coleman Hawkins
2004 1951-1953 Charlie Ventura
2004 1952-1953 Teddy Wilson
2004 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of... Charlie Parker
2004 Alternative Takes, Vol. 6: 1944-1952 Count Basie
2004 Arranger's Touch: Meet the Band Various Artists
2004 Arranger's Touch Various Artists
2004 Au Privave [Membran] Charlie Parker
2004 BD Jazz Various Artists
2004 Be My Guest Count Basie
2004 Begin the Beguine Artie Shaw
2004 Big Band Machine Buddy Rich
2004 Blue Note Plays the Beatles Various Artists
2004 Centennial Collection Artie Shaw
2004 Complete Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman & His Orchestra Woody Herman
2004 Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions Norman Granz
2004 Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett Tony Bennett
2004 First Fifteen Years 1939-54 Harry James & His Orchestra
2004 Flawless Swing Teddy Wilson
2004 Frenesi: Quintet Sessions, 1946-1954 Benny Carter
2004 Genius of the Bebop Piano: 1944-1951 Bud Powell
2004 Girl Singers of the Big Swing Bands Various Artists
2004 It's D'Lovely 1947-1950 Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
2004 Jam Session, Vol. 2: Let's Split Various Artists
2004 Just a Sittin' and A Rockin' Buddy Rich & His Orchestra
2004 Lost Recordings Sonny Criss
2004 Montreal Jazz Festival, Vol. 1: Very Best Live Various Artists
2004 Mordern Jazz Archive Bud Powell
2004 Moving On Hird
2004 Music Master Benny Carter
2004 NEA Jazz Masters Various Artists
2004 No Funny Hats Buddy Rich
2004 Petit Dictionnaire: Du Jazz Classique en 80 Musiciens Various Artists
2004 Proper Introduction to Buddy Rich: Quiet Riot Buddy Rich
2004 Proper Introduction to Maxine Sullivan: Moments Like This Maxine Sullivan
2004 Sentimental Swing Tommy Dorsey
2004 Songs of World War II Various Artists
2004 You Belong to Me Jo Stafford
2004 Young Blue Eyes: Birth of a Crooner Frank Sinatra With the Tommy Dorsey Orch
2005 1937-1938 Adrian Rollini
2005 1952-1953 Count Basie & His Orchestra
2005 Argo, Emarcy and Verve Small Group Buddy Rich Session Buddy Rich
2005 Artie Shaw Story Artie Shaw
2005 At Last... Swing! Count Basie
2005 Best of Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
2005 Best of Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra Tommy Dorsey
2005 Big Band Machine Buddy Rich
2005 Bix Restored, Vol. 5 Bix Beiderbecke
2005 Career: 1937-1992 Dizzy Gillespie
2005 Christmas Anthology: 1930-1950 Various Artists
2005 Classic Recordings 1939-1953 Metronome All Stars
2005 Complete Clef/Verve Count Basie Fifties Studio Record Count Basie
2005 Complete Norman Granz Master Takes Charlie Parker
2005 Complete Studio Master Takes [Sextet & Septet] Lester Young Sextet-Septet/Roy Eldridge
2005 Dizzy: The Music of John Birks Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
2005 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong for Lovers Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
2005 Essential Artie Shaw Artie Shaw
2005 First Ten Years Jazz at the Philharmonic
2005 Lost Tapes Buddy Rich
2005 Master Lessons Benny Carter
2005 NEA Jazz Masters Dizzy Gillespie
2005 Ornithology Charlie Parker
2005 Paris for Lovers Various Artists
2005 Sentimental Gentleman of Swing: Centennial Collection Tommy Dorsey
2005 Songbooks Etcetera Oscar Peterson
2005 Stages Count Basie
2005 That Elegant Sound: 1935-1953 Tommy Dorsey
2005 When Blues Meets Jazz Various Artists
2005 Yardbird Sessions Charlie Parker
2006 1950-1955 Buddy Rich
2006 1951-1953 Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
2006 Around the World for Lovers Various Artists
2006 Best of Buddy Rich Buddy Rich
2006 Big Band [CD/DVD] Count Basie/Glenn Miller Orchestra
2006 Big Band: Harry James, Ray McKinley, Si Zentner, Ralph Marterie Various Artists
2006 Bunny/Bunny Berigan and His Boys Bunny Berigan
2006 Charlie Parker for Lovers Charlie Parker
2006 Complete Norman Granz Recordings Chico O'Farrill
2006 Complete Recordings of Charlie Parker with Lennie Tristano Charlie Parker/Lennie Tristano
2006 Complete Studio Recordings Harry Edison/Buddy Rich Quintet
2006 Dream with the Pied Pipers The Pied Pipers
2006 Golden Years of Jazz 1940-1947 Various Artists
2006 Golden Years of Jazz 1948-1955 Various Artists
2006 Jazz Cats Sax [Box Set] Various Artists
2006 Jazz Icons: Live in '78 Buddy Rich
2006 Mambo Jambo: Vintage Mambo 1948-1955 Various Artists
2006 Quintessence New York - Los Angeles - Toronto, Vol. 2 Charlie Parker
2006 Real Jazz [Different World] Various Artists
2006 Rich in London Buddy Rich
2006 Roots of Mambo 1930-1950 Various Artists
2006 That Old Feeling Sammy Fain
2006 Vintage Verve Various Artists
2007 1954 Benny Carter
2007 An Ace Face Allen Eager
2007 Anthology 1937-1955 Jimmy Rushing
2007 Anthology 1948-1953 Charlie Parker
2007 Anthology 1948-1955 Ella Fitzgerald
2007 Blues for a Playboy Barney Kessel
2007 Dance Sessions Count Basie
2007 Dearly Beloved Ella Fitzgerald
2007 For Lovers Ella Fitzgerald & Friends
2007 I'm Beginning to See the Light: Dance Hits from the Second World War Various Artists
2007 Jazz Giants of the 20th Century Various Artists
2007 Legendary 1955 Session Art Tatum
2007 Lionel Hampton Plays Love Songs Lionel Hampton
2007 Man from Planet Jazz Buddy Rich
2007 Manteca: The Roots of Afro-Cuban Jazz Various Artists
2007 Monster [Bonus Tracks] Buddy Rich
2007 Mr. Pastor Goes to Town Tony Pastor
2007 Quintessence: New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm 1935-1954 Benny Goodman
2007 Relax and Mambo Machito and His Afro-Cubans
2007 This Is Jazz Various Artists
2008 Anthology, 1952-1956 Oscar Peterson
2008 Combos Anthology, 1936-1956 Count Basie
2008 Washington D.C. 1948 Charlie Parker
2008 Very Alive at Ronnie Scott's Buddy Rich
2008 The Complete Harry James in Hi-Fi Harry James & His Orchestra
2008 Strike It, Rich! Buddy Rich
2008 Quiet Riot Buddy Rich
2008 Original Sound Deluxe: Drum Monsters Various Artists
2008 Only the Best of Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
2008 Nellie's Nightmare Buddy Rich
2008 Live in Miami with Flip Phillips Buddy Rich
2008 Jazz Cafe Presents Buddy Rich Buddy Rich
2008 Jam Session Blues Buddy Rich
2008 Four Brothers 1945-47 Woody Herman
2008 Ella Sings With... Ella Fitzgerald
2008 Christmas Hits & Duos Ella Fitzgerald
2008 At the Finale Club and More Charlie Parker
2009 Up Close Buddy Rich
2009 Swinging Buddy Rich West Coast Buddy Rich
2009 Only the Best of Countie Basie and His Orchestra Count Basie
2009 Music 55 Stan Kenton
2009 Kiss the Boys Goodbye Connie Haines
2009 Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy Lessye Norman
2009 Complete Last Studio Sessions 9/20/1949 Fats Navarro
2009 Complete 1955 Hollywood Sessions Buddy Rich
2009 Centennial Celebration Lionel Hampton
2009 Centennial Celebration Art Tatum
2009 All Drummin' - 50 Tunes Gene Krupa
2010 This One's for Basie Buddy Rich
2010 The Rough Guide to Jazz Classics: Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
2010 The Best of the Big Bands [Madacy] Various Artists
2010 The Best of Jo Stafford Jo Stafford
2010 Speak No Evil/Plays and Plays and Plays Buddy Rich
2010 Riffin': The Decca, JATP, Keynote & Mercury Recordings Nat King Cole
2010 Live and Swinging High Tommy Dorsey
2010 Big Band Legends: The Hollywood Years Various Artists
2010 A Sentimental Journey [Gaints of Jazz] Ella Fitzgerald
2011 Ultimate Big Band Collection: Tommy Dorsey Tommy Dorsey
2011 Ultimate Big Band Collection: Art Tatum Artie Shaw
2011 The Complete Masters 1941-1954 Charlie Parker
2011 The Complete Masters 1935-55 Ella Fitzgerald
2011 Singing and Swinging Together Alla Fitzgerald
2011 Razor Sharp Rhythm Gene Krupa
2011 A Different Drummer/Stick It Buddy Rich
2012 The Ella Fitzgerald Collection: 1935-45 Ella Fitzgerald
2012 That's Rich Man Buddy Rich
2012 Louis: The Best of Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong
2012 Live: Still Chasin' the Bird Charlie Parker
2012 Eight Classic Albums Max Roach
2012 Beyond Patina Jazz Masters: Buddy Rich Buddy Rich
2012 And His Buddies + Playtime Buddy Rich
2013 The Voice of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
2013 Burnin' the Beat/The Original Drum Battle Gene Krupa
2014 The Solos Buddy Rich


  • Although Rich frequently appeared on television, one of his most viewed segments was an appearance on The Muppet Show with drummer Animal. Buddy engaged Animal in a drum battle, and when Buddy won, Animal threw a his bass drum onto Buddy's head.
  • Buddy Rich’s life is chronicled in Mel Torme’s authorized biography, Traps the Drum Wonder.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Slingerland, Ludwig
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Ludwig, Rogers

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