Ray Bauduc
June 18, 1909 - January 8, 1988
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Ray Bauduc...
Born 18 June 1909, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 8 January 1988.
Ray Bauduc's New Orleans origins instilled in him a love for two-beat drumming, which he retained even when he played with Bob Crosby's swing era big band. Before the popularity and prominence of his Crosby days, Bauduc had worked with Johnny Bayersdorffer, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti and Freddie Rich, in whose band he was also featured as a dancer.

In 1928, he joined the Ben Pollack band when Pollack decided to give up drumming and simply lead. When the Pollack band dissolved and became one of the few co-operative bands in jazz, under the nominal leadership of Bob Crosby, Bauduc was among its most important members. Unlike the majority of bands of the era, which usually played in 4/4 time, the Crosby band was spurred on by Bauduc's lively 2/4 drumming. Extensively featured with the band (and in the spin-off small groups, the Bob Cats and Four of the Bob Cats), Bauduc's most memorable moment of glory came when an encore at the Blackhawk Ballroom found just him and bassist Bob Haggart improvising a tune during which Haggart whistled and Bauduc drummed on the strings of the bass. The result, Big Noise From Winnetka, was one of the band's biggest hits.

Another popular success, South Rampart Street Parade, was also a co-composition by Bauduc and Haggart (written on a tablecloth at the New Yorker Hotel). Bauduc's regular feature with the band, The Big Crash From China, provided an excellent example of his intelligent soloing and superb cymbal work. After leaving Crosby when the band broke up in 1942, Bauduc worked with Jimmy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden and others and in the '50s became co-leader, with former Crosby-colleague Nappy Lamare, of a popular west coast-based band.

From 1960, Bauduc lived in Texas in semi-retirement, but visited New Orleans in 1983 where he was greeted effusively. In 1985 he showed that he had lost none of his enthusiasm and little of his skill in a reunion of the Crosby band at the Mid-America Jazz Festival in St Louis. Bauduc's snappy, clean exuberant drumming gave any band in which he worked an exciting, happy sound.







RAY BAUDUC:
Known as the primary exponent of Dixieland drums, Bauduc could also swing with the best of them and was a favorite of Krupa, Rich and Bellson. Most of his most famous works, including his one big hit, "Big Noise From Winnetka" (where he played his sticks on the bass strings of Bob Haggart) were performed during his time with Bob Crosby and The Bobcats, from 1935 to 1942.

This was an interesting group, which could best be described as "dixie with swing overtones" or vice versa. Good examples of this band can be heard on "Big Band Dixieland" (1938: Jasmine label), "Bob Crosby and His Orchestra and The Bobcats" (ca. 1941: Nimbus label), "South Rampart Street Parade" (1937: Decca label), "The Big Noise From Winnetka" (1938: Decca label), with Pete Fountain on "New Orleans To L.A." (1954-1956: Southland label).

Nearly impossible to find are the two LPs Bauduc recorded as a leader for the Capitol label in 1957 and 1958, as are his earliest works with the legendary orchestra of Ben Pollack, where he spent the years 1928 to 1934.


RAY BAUDUC:
Ray Bauduc was considered one of the best two-beat drummers of his era. He is perhaps best remembered today for the song ''Big Noise from Winnetka,'' a duo with fellow Bob Crosby Orchestra member Bob Haggart. The number was improvised on stage by the pair as an encore. While bassist Haggart whistled, Bauduc drummed on his bass strings. The result was one of the Crosby band's biggest hits. The duo also wrote the standard ''South Rampart Street Parade.''

Born and raised in New Orleans, both Ray and his brother, Jules, were jazz drummers. Bauduc began working in local clubs while still in school. During the mid-1920s he toured with various groups, including an early Dorsey Brothers combo. In 1924 he joined Johnny Bayersdorffer, remaining with him until 1926. He then headed to New York with the famous Scranton Sirens, where he played in groups led by Joe Venuti and Fred Rich. He toured Britain with Rich in 1927 and was sometimes featured as a dancer.

Returning to New York Bauduc joined Ben Pollack's revised outfit, taking over for Pollack on drums. He stayed with Pollack until 1934, when he and a group of fellow disgruntled bandmates broke off to form what was to become the Crosby Orchestra. His particular style of drumming found a home in the new group, where he remained the driving force behind the band's music until it disbanded in 1942 when he was drafted.

Bauduc served in the U.S. Army Artillery Band until November of 1944. Upon his discharge he and former Crosby group leader Gil Rodin formed a short-lived big band. Bauduc toured with a septet in 1946 and also worked in Tommy Dorsey's orchestra from August to October of the year. In early 1947 he joined Bob Crosby's new group, leaving in 1948 to play with Jimmy Dorsey, where he stayed for the next two years. He freelanced on the West Coast for a couple of years before joining Jack Teagarden in 1952.

In 1955 he formed a band with fellow Crosby alumnus Nappy Lamare. The new outfit found considerable success, touring nationally and recording several albums. He retired to Bellaire, Texas, in the early 1960s, though he appeared occasionally at Crosby Orchestra reunions and worked with Pud Brown on several recordings. Ray Bauduc passed away in 1988.

from www.parabrisas.com











performed with:

Eddie Miller
Count Basie
Jack Teagarden
Pud Brown
Nappy Lamare
Matty Matlock
Bob Haggart
Gil Rodin
Benny Goodman
Bob Crosby
Joe Sullivan
Billy Butterfield
Irving Fazola
Sterling Bose
Jess Stacy
Harry Goodman
Jimmy Dorsey
Wingy Manone
Charlie Spivak
Gil Bowers
Bob Zurke
Eddie Condon
Kid Ory
Bobby Hackett
Bing Crosby
Chris Barber
Louis Armstrong
Steve Allen
Royal Airforce Squadronaires

...and many more







































Ray Bauduc, Herschel Evans, and Bob Haggart,
Howard Theater, Washington, D.C., ca. 1941]




Ray Bauduc, Herschel Evans, Bob Haggart, Eddie Miller, Lester Young
and Matty Matlock, Howard Theater, Washington, D.C., ca. 1941]




The Bob Cats - at New York's Hickory House
Ray Bauduc, Yank Lawson, Warren Smith, Matty Matlock,
Eddie Miller, Bob Haggart, Bob Zurke, Nappy Lamare


...about Ray Bauduc:
Known as the primary exponent of Dixieland drums, Bauduc could also swing with the best of them and was a favorite of Krupa, Rich and Bellson. Most of his most famous works, including his one big hit, "Big Noise From Winnetka" (where he played his sticks on the bass strings of Bob Haggart) were performed during his time with Bob Crosby and The Bobcats, from 1935 to 1942. This was an interesting group, which could best be described as "dixie with swing overtones" or vice versa. Good examples of this band can be heard on "Big Band Dixieland" (1938: Jasmine label), "Bob Crosby and His Orchestra and The Bobcats" (ca. 1941: Nimbus label), "South Rampart Street Parade" (1937: Decca label), "The Big Noise From Winnetka" (1938: Decca label), with Pete Fountain on "New Orleans To L.A." (1954-1956: Southland label).
Dr. Bruce H. Klauber





Bob Haggart & Ray Bauduc
- the full personnel of the celebrated recording of "Big Noise from Winnetka"



Nappy Lamare - Ray Bauduc










Joe Sullivan & Ray Bauduc
snaped on the Atlantic City boardwalk, 1939



Nappy Lamare - Ray Bauduc







Ray Bauduc - Bob Haggart














Dixieland Roamers 1922