It's the birthday today of Sam Woodyard, one of the great drummers from Duke Ellington's Orchestra.
Check out a killer solo from Sam Woodyard with Ellington, 1961.
January seems to be a good month for drummers to join the world. This month alone, you'll find the birthdates of Kenny Clarke and Max Roach on the 9th and 10th (that's the bulk of bebop drums in two days). Then there's Grady Tate (1/14), Gene Krupa (1/15), and both Jeff "Tain" Watts and Jimmy Cobb on January 20th. - Josh