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us: Greer, Sonny


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  • Variants

    • us: Greer, William Alexander
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        18951213
    • Death Date

        19820323
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Long Branch (N.J.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) New York (N.Y.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Washingtonians (Musical group)
        • Organization: (naf) Duke Ellington Orchestra
    • Organization

        (naf) Washingtonians (Musical group)
    • Organization

        (naf) Duke Ellington Orchestra
    • Gender

        male
  • Sources

    • found: Spotlight on drums [SR] p1983: container (Sonny Greer, drums)
    • found: Grove music online, May 27, 2009: Jazz (Greer, Sonny (William Alexander); b. Dec. 13, c1895, Long Branch, N.J.; d. Mar. 23, 1982, New York; American drummer; Greer placed the year of his birth variously in 1895 or the years 1902-4; it is the early date that seems likely)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed December 21, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Greer, Sonny; William Alexander Greer Jr.; jazz musician, percussionist; born 13 December 1895 in Long Branch, New Jersey, United States; first professional jobs began in the late 1910s; met Duke Ellington at the Howard Theater; joined the band Washingtonians in New York (1923), which became the nucleus for the Duke Ellington Orchestra; was Ellington's drummer (from the early 1920s until 1951); made an appearance in the film “The Night They Raided Minsky's” (1968) and in that same year was featured in “Sonny”nute film; recorded “Soda Fountain Rag”, an album of duos with him (1975); collected perhaps the largest selection of percussion instruments of any drummer during the Swing Era; best playing derive mainly from the 1920s, late 1930s, and early 1940s, including “East St. Louis Toodle-oo” (1927), “Downtown Uproar” (1937), “Cotton Tail,” (1940); died 23 March 1982 in New York, New York, United States)
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