Ray Bauduc

Ray Bauduc (June 18, 1906 – January 8, 1988) was an American jazz drummer best known for his work with the Bob Crosby Orchestra and their band-within-a-band, the Bobcats, between 1935 and 1942. He is also known for his shared composition of “Big Noise from Winnetka,” a jazz standard. Bauduc was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He was the son of cornetist Jules Bauduc. His older brother, Jules Jr., was a banjoist and bandleader. His sister was also a musician, a pianist. Bauduc’s youthful work in New Orleans included performing in the band of Johnny Bayersdorffer, and on radio broadcasts. His New Orleans origin instilled in him a love for two-beat drumming, which he retained when he played with Bob Crosby’s swing-era big band. In 1926, he moved to New York City to join Joe Venuti‘s band. His other work in the 1920s included recording with the Original Memphis Five and the Scranton Sirens, which included Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey.

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