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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " J.C. HEARD " BETTER AS A SWING, BOP AND BLUES DRUMMER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

  BLACK             SOCIAL           HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            J. C. Heard


J.C. Heard
J. C. Heard, New York, ca. July 1946 (William P. Gottlieb).jpg
A fanclub poster.
Background information
Birth nameJames Charles Heard
BornAugust 10, 1917
DaytonOhioUnited States
DiedSeptember 27, 1988 (aged 71)
Royal OakMichiganUnited States
Genres
OccupationsDrummer
Years active1939-1980s
James Charles Heard (August 10, 1917 in Dayton, Ohio – September 27, 1988 in Royal Oak, Michigan), better known as J. C. Heard, was a United States swingbop, and blues drummer.
Heard was a supportive drummer, versatile enough to fit comfortably into swing, bop and blues settings. He obtained his first important professional job with Teddy Wilson in 1939 and continued performing into the 1980s. He performed with Lena HorneColeman HawkinsDexter GordonBenny CarterCab CallowayErroll GarnerJazz at the PhilharmonicPete JohnsonCharlie ParkerSir Charles ThompsonDizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge besides leading his own groups.
In 1946–47, he recorded with top bop musicians, led his own band at Cafe Society, was a member of Erroll Garner's trio, and toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic. In the years 1953 through 1957, he spent time in Japan as a singer/entertainer, mentoring young Japanese singers and musicians like Yukimura Izumi, George Kawaguchi and Franky Sakai. During 1957–66 he freelanced in New York (playing with the Coleman Hawkins-Roy Eldridge Quintet and with Teddy Wilson's trio in 1961). In 1966 J.C. Heard moved to Detroit where he worked as a bandleader and a mentor to younger musicians into the mid-1980s. In 1983, he again recorded an album as leader, accompanied by saxophonist George Benson, pianist Claude Black, and Dave Young on bass.[1] In 1981, JC started a 13 piece big band which played around the state and various festivals often featuring Dizzy Gillespie and other colleagues. This group recorded in 1986 and continued performing regularly until JC's passing.