Tommy Benford

born on 19/4/1905 in Charleston, WV, United States

died on 24/3/1994 in Mount Vernon, NY, United States

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Tommy Benford

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Tommy Benford

Thomas "Tommy" Benford (April 19, 1905 March 24, 1994)[1][2][3] was an African-American jazz drummer.

Biography

Tommy Benford was born in Charleston, West Virginia.[1][2] He and his older brother, tuba player Bill Benford, were both orphans who studied music at the Jenkins Orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina.[4] He went on tour with the school band, traveling with them to England in 1914.[4]

In 1920, he was working with the Green River Minstrel Show.[4] Benford recorded with Jelly Roll Morton[5] in 1928 and 1930. He also played with Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Eddie South.[4][5] During the 1930s he stayed in Europe for a longer time, where he recorded with Coleman Hawkins, Bill Coleman, Joe Turner, Django Reinhardt, and Sidney Bechet. During the 1940s he worked with Noble Sissle, with Snub Mosley and Bob Wilber in New York City. At Jimmy Ryan's club he gigged with Rex Stewart. During the 1950s he toured with Muggsy Spanier and with Jimmy Archey.

In later life he played with Stan McDonald. Benford died on March 24, 1994, at Mount Vernon Hospital in Mount Vernon, New York.[2]

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