Zutty Singleton


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Zutty Singleton
Zutty Singleton, Adele Girard (Gottlieb 07861).jpg

Zutty Singleton (with Adele Girard, harp), 1939.
Photo: William P. Gottlieb.
Background information
Birth name Arthur James Singleton
Born May 14, 1898
BunkieLouisianaUnited States
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Died July 14, 1975 (aged 77)
Genres Jazz
Occupations Drummer
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Louis ArmstrongBubber Miley,Tommy LadnierFats Waller,Jelly Roll MortonJimmie Noone

Arthur James “Zutty” Singleton (May 14, 1898 – July 14, 1975) was an influential American early jazz drummer.

Singleton was born in Bunkie, Louisiana and raised in New Orleans. He was working professionally with Steve Lewis by 1915. He served with the United States Navy in World War I. After returning to New Orleans he worked with such bands as those of Papa CelestinBig Eye Louis NelsonJohn Robichaux, and Fate Marable. He left for St. Louis, Missouri to play in Charlie Creath‘s band, then moved to Chicago, Illinois.

In Chicago, Singleton played with Doc CookeDave PeytonJimmie Noone, and theater bands, then joined Louis Armstrong‘s band with Earl Hines. In 1928 and 1929, he performed on landmark recordings with Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.  In 1929 he moved with Armstrong to New York City.

In addition to Armstrong, in New York Singleton played with Bubber MileyTommy LadnierFats WallerJelly Roll Morton  andOtto Hardwick. He also played in the band backing Bill Robinson. In 1934, Singleton returned to Chicago. He returned to New York in 1937, working with Mezz Mezzrow and Sidney Bechet.

In 1943, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he led his own band, played for motion pictures, and was featured on Orson Welles‘ radio shows. Later he worked with such jazz musicians as Slim GaillardWingy Manone,  Eddie CondonNappy Lamare,Art HodesOran “Hot Lips” Page, and Max Kaminsky.


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