Basic Background Info

Birth: June 18, 1909 - January 8, 1988
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Band: Crosby Orchestra
Genres: Swing
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Ray Bauduc raised the bar for traditional jazz drummers of his time. Ray Bauduc's disciplined and fiery rhythm helped jazz drumming evolve into swing while his upbeat enthusiastic playing brought joy to his audiences.

As a young boy, Ray Bauducs older brother Jules Jr. taught Ray to play the drums. Then Jules and Ray performed in local clubs while still in school. After playing with Johnny Bayersdorffer for two years, Ray Bauduc went with the Scranton Sirens to New York City, where he played under Joe Venuti and Fred Rich. Ray Bauduc left New York for a while and toured Britain with Fred Rich; during the tour he sometimes performed as a dancer as well.

Upon returning to New York, Ray Bauduc joined Ben Pollack's band after Ben decided he wanted to lead rather than drum. Ray Bauduc performed under Pollack until he and several other members of the band left to join Bob Crosby's group. Ray's unique drumming enlivened the band. Perhaps Ray's most famous performance, "Big Noise From Winnetka," was a duo with bassist Bob Haggart originally performed as an encore. During the performance Haggart whistled and Ray Bauduc drummed on the strings of Haggart's bass. Ray excelled in this band and drove its rhythm until he was drafted in 1942.

After his discharge from the Army (he served in the U.S. Army Artillery Band until November of 1944), Ray Bauduc worked with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and Jack Teagarden before teaming up with Nappy Lamare in 1955. Ray and Lamare's new group toured around the country and recorded several albums before parting ways in 1959.

For a few years, Ray Bauduc did freelance work on the West Coast, and then he retired to Bellaire, Texas. After retirement, he occasionally appeared at Crosby reunions and recorded very sporadically. Ray passed away in 1988.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1924 Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Morton
1925 Swing Time! The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925-1955 Various Artists
1928 Indispensable 1928-1957 Jack Teagarden
1929 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues Jack Teagarden
1929 Swinging the Blues Various Artists
1930 1930's: The Small Combos Various Artists
1930 1930-1934 Jack Teagarden
1931 Anthology of Big Band Swing (1930-1955) Various Artists
1931 Complete Brunswick, Parlophone and Vocalion Bunny Ber Bunny Berigan
1932 Portrait of Bunny Berigan Bunny Berigan
1934 Wingy Manone Collection, Vol. 2 (1934) Wingy Manone
1934 Wingy Manone Collection, Vol. 3 (1934-1935) Wingy Manone
1935 1935-1936 Mound City Blue Blowers
1935 Best of the Big Bands: Evolution of a Band Glenn Miller
1935 Bing Crosby and Some Jazz Friends Bing Crosby
1935 Pied Piper Bunny Berigan
1935 Swing Classics [Prestige] Various Artists
1935 Swing Is Here Various Artists
1935 Wingy Manone Collection, Vol. 4 (1935-36) Wingy Manone
1936 1936 Wingy Manone
1936 South Rampart Street Parade Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
1937 Great Original Performances (1937-1938) Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
1937 March of the Bobcats Bob Crosby
1937 Turn on That Red Hot Heat Teddy Grace
1938 Bob Crosby & His Orchestra -- 1938 Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
1939 Princess of Africa: The Best of Yvonne Chaka Chaka Bob Crosby
1940 On the Air Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
1940 So Far So Good Bob Crosby
1941 I Remember You Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
1942 Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions Various Artists
1945 Sunset Swing Various Artists
1950 Dixie by Dorsey [1950] Jimmy Dorsey
1950 Sounds of New Orleans, Vol. 2 Johnny Wiggs
1954 Bob Crosby's Bob Cats Bob Crosby's Bobcats
1954 Club Hangover Broadcasts with Jackie Coon Jack Teagarden
1954 Jazz Great Jack Teagarden
1957 Riverboat Dandies Ray Bauduc
1958 Two-Beat Generation Ray Bauduc
1959 Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? Pete Fountain
1983 Jazz Trumpet, Vol. 1: Classic Jazz to Swing Various Artists
1990 Metronome All-Star Bands The Metronome All-Stars
1990 Swing Out featuring Swing Out: Sing Me a Swing Song Various Artists
1992 Golden Years in Digital Stereo: Swing Big Bands Various Artists
1992 Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo: Red Nichols & Miff... Red Nichols with Miff Mole
1992 Masters of Jazz, Vols. 6-10 Various Artists
1992 Small Groups Various Artists
1992 Stomp Off, Let's Go! The Bob Crosby Orchestra & the Bob Cats
1992 You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930's Various Artists
1993 Boogie Woogie Stomp Various Artists
1993 Hits of '38 Various Artists
1993 Jack Teagarden with Wolfe Kahn Jack Teagarden/Wolfe Kahn/Irving Mills
1993 Muggshot Muggsy Spanier
1994 Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957 Bing Crosby
1994 Clarinet Marmalade: 25 Great Jazz Clarinettists Various Artists
1994 Complete Decca Masters (Plus) Judy Garland
1994 How Can You Forget, Vol. 6 Bob Crosby
1994 Indispensable 1928-1957 Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra
1994 Louis Prima, Vol. 1 Louis Prima
1994 Mardi Gras Parade Music from New Orleans Various Artists
1995 1935-1936 Wingy Manone and His Orchestra
1995 Big Apple: 1936-1940 Bob Crosby
1995 Blue & Sentimental Various Artists
1995 Ec-Stacy: 25 Great Piano Performances 1935-1945 Jess Stacy
1995 Ec-Stacy Jess Stacy
1995 His Best Recordings: 1935-1939 Bunny Berigan
1995 Introduction to Jack Teagarden: His Best Recordings Jack Teagarden
1995 Jack Teagarden Jack Teagarden
1995 Jazz Hour With Bob Crosby & The Bobcats Bob Crosby & The Bobcats
1995 March of the Bobcats Bob Crosby
1995 Sugar Foot Stomp: 1936-1942 Bob Crosby
1995 Swingin' High Bunny Berigan
1995 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To Various Artists
1996 1923-1931 Red Nichols
1996 1931-1933 Benny Goodman
1996 1934-1935 Wingy Manone & His Orchestra
1996 1935-1936 Bunny Berigan & His Boys
1996 1935-1942 Glenn Miller
1996 Best of Boogie Woogie, Vol. 2: 1935-1942 Various Artists
1996 Classics Big Band Jazz -- Swing That Jazz Various Artists
1996 Deep in a Dream Connee Boswell
1996 Early Years Glenn Miller
1996 Eye Opener Bob Crosby
1996 High Society, Vol. 10: 1939 Bob Crosby
1996 His Orchestra & Bob Cats: 1937-1939 Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
1996 Hot Trumpets: 25 Great Jazz Trumpets Various Artists
1996 Jazz Anthology: 1939 Various Artists
1996 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 1: Traditional Classics Various Artists
1996 Red Hot Jazz Various Artists
1996 Them There Eyes Bob Crosby
1997 1928-1945 Bing Crosby
1997 1937-1944 The Andrews Sisters
1997 Anthology of Jazz Drumming, Vol. 2: 1928-1935 Various Artists
1997 Battle of the Saxes [ASV/Living Era] Various Artists
1997 Lovable & Sweet: 25 Vintage Hits Annette Hanshaw
1997 Swingin' at the Hickory House: His 24 Greatest Hits Wingy Manone
1998 1925-1927 Red Nichols & Miff Mole
1998 1938-1939 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
1998 52nd Street: Street of Jazz Various Artists
1998 America's Premier Dixieland Jazz Band Live 1950 Jimmy Dorsey
1998 Faz: 1936-1945 Recordings Irving Fazola
1998 From Another World Bob Crosby
1998 Jazz Goes to the Movies Various Artists
1998 Jazz Holiday, 1926-1931: Early Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
1998 Mound City Blue Blowers: 1935-1936 Mound City Blue Blowers
1998 New Orleans: The Cradle of Jazz Various Artists
1998 Queen of Big Band Swing Helen Ward
1998 Selection of the Original Sounds of Chicago Various Artists
1998 Slippin' Around, Vol. 1 Miff Mole
1998 Topaz Jazz: Memorable Recordings Various Artists
1999 Ecstasy, Vol.17 of Complete Discography 1942 Bob Crosby
1999 Engine Room: A History of Jazz Drumming From Storyville Various Artists
1999 Far Away Music, Vol. 15 Bob Crosby
1999 History of Jazz Drumming, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1999 I'm in the Mood for Swing Various Artists
1999 Lost Chords: 1915-1945 Various Artists
1999 Meet Me Where They Play the Blues Jack Teagarden
1999 Something New, Vol. 15 Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
1999 Stars Fell on Alabama: 1931-1940 Jack Teagarden
2000 As Good as It Gets: Swing Various Artists
2000 Ben Pollack Orchestras: 1928-1938 Ben Pollack
2000 Best of Swing [Disky] Various Artists
2000 Big Band Dixieland Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
2000 Boogie Woogie Various Artists
2000 Camel Caravan Broadcasts 1940 Bob Crosby
2000 Gone But Not Forgotten, Vol. 14 Bob Crosby
2000 Great White Way Blues Original Memphis Five
2000 Irving Mills, Vol. 2 Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Benny Goodman
2000 Live at the Royal Room Hollywood Jack Teagarden
2000 Strange Enchantment 1939 Bob Crosby
2000 Swinging Big Bands: The Myths Various Artists
2000 Vocalion: Swing Series Records Various Artists
2000 Vocalists of Jazz & Entertainment Various Artists
2000 Vol. 2 Dick McDonough
2000 Where Do We Go From Here, Vol. 18 Bob Crosby
2000 Wingy Sings, Manone Plays: Great Hits Wingy Manone
2000 Wrappin' It Up Benny Goodman
2000 You Can Call It Swing, Vol. 3: 1936-1937 Bob Crosby
2000 You're Driving Me Crazy Bob Crosby
2001 1936 Transcription Sessions, Vol. 1 Bob Crosby
2001 And Then Some, Pts. 1 & 2 of the Complete Discography Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
2001 Chronological Bing Crosby, Vol. 23: 1938 Bing Crosby
2001 Complete OKeh & Brunswick Recordings of Bix Beiderbecke Bix Beiderbecke/Frank Trumbauer/Jack Tea
2001 Cotton Pickers: 1922-1925 The Cotton Pickers
2001 Cradle of Jazz [Tokuma] Various Artists
2001 Hello Beautiful: The Great "Hot Dance" Music of the 1920s/1930s Various Artists
2001 It's Easy to Remember Bing Crosby
2001 Jazzing the Classics Various Artists
2001 Music, Movies, Memories Bing Crosby
2001 Pete Fountain Presents the Best of Dixieland Various Artists
2001 Radio Years 1940 Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
2001 Smooth One Various Artists
2001 Swing Legends: The Bob Cats and Orchestra Bob Crosby
2001 Swing Vocalion, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2001 Vocal Innovators and the Jazz Connection Bing Crosby
2001 Vol. 2, 1928-1929 Ben Pollack
2001 Vol. 3, 1929 Ben Pollack
2001 Whiz Radio Programs Jack Teagarden
2002 1927 Miff Mole
2002 Alternative Takes, Vol. 3: 1938-1939 Benny Goodman
2002 Big Band Era [Charly] Various Artists
2002 Greatest Original Artists Various Artists
2002 Jack Teagarden 1931-1934, Vol. 2 Jack Teagarden
2002 Ken Burns Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2002 Swing: Bandstand Kings Various Artists
2002 Swinging on a Star Bing Crosby
2002 Very Best of Big Band Swingin' Jive Various Artists
2002 Vol. 4, 1929-1930 Ben Pollack
2002 Vol. 5, 1931 Ben Pollack
2002 Yes Indeed Bing Crosby
2003 1939 Camel Caravan Shows Bob Crosby & the Bobcats
2003 A Melody From the Sky: 1932-1940 Bunny Berigan
2003 Associated Transcriptions, Vol. 2 Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
2003 Basin Street Blues [Fabulous] Jack Teagarden
2003 Big Band Chicago Various Artists
2003 Chronological Bing Crosby, Vol. 33: 1942 Bing Crosby
2003 Complete 1949-1950 Columbia Master Takes Jimmy Dorsey & His Original Dorseyland J
2003 Dean of Swing Ben Pollack
2003 Early Years 1926-1930 Benny Goodman
2003 Finest Vintage Jazz Various Artists
2003 Legendary Male Vocalists of Jazz: 1925-1940 Various Artists
2003 Legendary Tenor Saxophonists: 1922-1940 Various Artists
2003 Lotta Sax Appeal: A Saxophone Retrospective Various Artists
2003 Master of the Jazz Trombone: 1928-1940 Jack Teagarden
2003 New Orleans Jazz Pete Fountain & Al Hirt
2003 Summit Meetings 1939-50 Metronome All Stars/Esquire All Stars
2003 Swing It! Louis Prima
2004 1935-1938 Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
2004 1936-1946 Frankie Trumbauer
2004 Arranger's Touch: Swing That Music Various Artists
2004 Arranger's Touch Various Artists
2004 Complete Early Recordings Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
2004 Girl Singers of the Big Swing Bands Various Artists
2004 Glenn Miller Story, Vols. 1-4 Glenn Miller
2004 Key Sessions 1931-1937 Bunny Berigan
2004 Proper Introduction to Bob Crosby: The Big Noise Bob Crosby & the Bob Cat Orchestra
2004 Red Heads, 1925-27 The Red Heads
2004 Vol, 7: Whoopee Makers, Remaining Titles 1931-33 Ben Pollack
2004 Vol. 6, 1928-1929 Ben Pollack
2005 1926-1938 Fred Rich
2005 Big T: A Hundred Years from Today Jack Teagarden
2005 Christmas Anthology: 1930-1950 Various Artists
2005 Classic Recordings 1939-1953 Metronome All Stars
2005 Complete Hit of the Week Recordings, Vol. 1: 1930 Various Artists
2006 1944-1946 Wingy Manone
2006 All Star Jazz Quartets Various Artists
2006 Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful of Keys Fats Waller
2006 Golden Years of Jazz 1917-1939 Various Artists
2006 Miffology Miff Mole
2006 New York Jazz Combos 1935-37 Gifford/Rollini/Krupa/Manone/Mckenzie
2006 Volume 4 The Dorsey Brothers
2007 Jazz Classics, Vol. 1 John R T Davies/Louis Prima/Ted Lewis
2007 Swing Is the Thing [Retrieval] Various Artists
2007 Wow! The Formative Years Maynard Ferguson
2008 Complete Bob Cats, Vol. 1: In the Beginning Bob Cats
2008 Complete Bob Cats, Vol. 2: Jazz Me Blues Bob Cats
2008 Complete Bob Cats, Vol. 3: It's All Over Now Bob Cats
2008 Story Of Stewart Pletcher Stew Pletcher


  • In 1985, Ray reunited with the Crosby band for an enthusiastic performance at the Mid-America Jazz Festival in St. Louis, Missouri.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Ludwig
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Ludwig

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