- For the basketball player, see Sid Catlett (basketball).
Catlett in New York, 1947.
|Birth name||Sidney Catlett|
|Also known as||"Big Sid" Catlett|
January 17, 1910|
|Died||March 25, 1951
Sidney "Big Sid" Catlett (January 17, 1910 – March 25, 1951) was an American jazz drummer.
Catlett was born in Evansville, Indiana, and started as a pianist, but switched to drums and entered formal study when his family moved to Chicago. His career began in Chicago in 1928 with Darnell Howard. In adulthood, he moved to New York City and worked with Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Elmer Snowden, Ben Webster, and others. In 1941, he joined Benny Goodman's band and after that joined Teddy Wilson's Sextet. In 1944, he did an album with pianist Harry Gibson. He also had his own band and played for Louis Armstrong's All Stars from 1947 to 1949 and became his drummer of choice. He played bop (with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker), dixieland, and other styles.
In 1996, he was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
- Jam Sessions At Commodore (1951 LP)
- Jammin' the Blues (1944)
- "Sidney "Big Sid" Catlett: Busting Open Doors to the Modern Drumming Age". Modern Drummer. 22 March 2010.
- Commodore LP DL 30,006, 1951
- Sid Catlett at AllMusic
- Sid Catlett discography at Discogs
- Drum solo artist site
- Drummerworld Profile
- Sid Catlett at the Internet Movie Database
- Sid Catlett at Find a Grave