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March 07, 2008

Jazz Drummer

Jazz Drummer

Ron Free may be the most famous drummer you've never heard of. Back in the late 50's, he was a major player when there was nothing hotter (or cooler) than the New York jazz scene.

But like so many other musicians, Ron nearly destroyed himself with drugs, dropped out and disappeared. Now he's back, performing magic with his sticks again.

The rediscovery of jazz greats like Ron Free is largely due to the efforts of Sam Stephenson. Ten years ago, Sam discovered thousands of hours of historic recordings with jazz greats. Now he, along with WNYC Radio in New York and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, are working on a series called "The Jazz Loft Radio Project." It's scheduled to air in 2009.

  • Read more about the Jazz Loft Project

"Groovin High" by the Mose Allison Trio, Autumn Song; "Cork 'n Bib", Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre; The Elmer Gibson Trio Recorded Live, 2003

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