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Benjamin Drootin
Buzzy Drootin
May 21, 2000
Age 80 
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 Buzzy Drootin, 80, Leading Jazz Drummer
 
                Buzzy Drootin, a Russian-born jazz drummer whose career spanned a 
                half-century and who played with many leading jazz musicians, died 
                on Sunday at the Actors Fund Retirement and Nursing Home in 
                Englewood, N.J. He was 80.  

                He was born Benjamin Drootin in Russia, and when he was 5, his family 
                moved to the United States and settled in Boston. His father was a 
                clarinetist, and two of his brothers were also musicians. He began playing 
                the drums as a teenager, earning money in a local bar, and by 1940 he was 
                touring with the Jess Stacy All-Stars, a band that included Buck Clayton 
                and Lee Wiley.  

                From 1947 to 1951 he was the house drummer at Eddie Condon's in New 
                York. He also worked in clubs in Chicago and Boston, playing with 
                musicians like Wingy Manone, Jimmy McPartland and Doc Cheatham. He 
                made recordings in the 1950's and 60's with Tommy Dorsey, Bobby 
                Hackett and the Dukes of Dixieland and played with the Dixieland 
                All-Stars, the Jazz Giants and the Newport All-Stars, among other groups, 
                while touring extensively in the United States and Europe.  

                Mr. Drootin returned to Boston in 1973 and formed the Drootin Brothers 
                Jazz Band, with his brother Al, who survives him. In the 1980's he 
                appeared at the Los Angeles Classic Jazz Festival, backing up musicians 
                like Wild Bill Davison and Chuck Hedges.  

                In addition to his brother Al, he is survived by a daughter, Natasha; two 
                sons, Peter and Tony; and two other brothers, Louie and Max.

 
       
 

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 My father, Buzzy Drootin, was a very popular Dixieland Jazz drummer. He was friends with (and 
played with) Dissie Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, In addition he was Billie Holiday's 
drummer for quite a while. ~Tony Drootin
 
 
  
 
 

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