Ray Bauduc (June 18, 1906 – January 8, 1988) was a jazz drummer best known for his work with the Bob Crosby Orchestra and their band-within-a-band, the Bobcats, between 1935 and 1942.
Bauduc was born in
. He was the son of the cornetist
Jules Bauduc and his elder brother Jules was also a professional musician, a
banjoist-bandleader. Ray Bauduc's youthful work in New Orleans,
Orleans included stints in the band of Johnny Bayersdorffer
and early radio broadcasts. In 1926 he moved to New York
City to join Joe Venuti's band. His other work in the
1920s include recording sessions with the Original Memphis Five and a stint in
the Scranton Sirens which also included Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey.
His stint with the Bob Crosby Orchestra brought him national fame. He co-composed, together with bassist Bob Haggart, the two big hits that the Bob Crosby orchestra achieved: "South Rampart Street Parade" (a New Orleans parade-type number first recorded in November 1937), and "Big Noise from Winnetka" (a bass and drums duet with Haggart, recorded in 1938).
His style, making use of woodblocks, cowbells, the China cymbal and tom-toms, marked him out from most drummers of the swing era, and made him one of the few white drummers (the others being George Wettling, Dave Tough and Gene Krupa, but they were not so obvious) to be directly influenced by Warren "Baby" Dodds.
Billy Butterfield t / Warren Smith tb / Irving Fazola cl / Eddie Miller ts / Bob Zurke p / Nappy Lamare g / Bob Haggart sb / Ray Bauduc d / The Andrews Sisters v.
Recorded in New York on February 6, 1939.
Here we have a 21 year old Ray Bauduc from 1927.
Fred Rich p, dir / Nick Casti, Benny Bloom t / Earl Kelly tb / Ted Klein, Benny Fairbanks cl, as, ss / Phil Walzer cl, ts / Phil Oliwitz or Al Duffy vn / bj / bb / Ray Bauduc d / Irving Kaufman v.
Recorded in New York on November 12, 1927.