Alvin Burroughs

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Alvin Burroughs
Birth nameAlvin Burroughs
Mobile, AL
DiedAugust 1, 1950(1950-08-01) (aged 38)

Alvin Burroughs (November 21, 1911 – August 1, 1950) was an American swing jazz drummer.

Burroughs played in Kansas City with Walter Page's Blue Devils in 1928–29[1] and then with Alphonse Trent's territory band in 1930.[1]

Moving to Chicago, he played with Hal Draper's Arcadians (1935), Horace Henderson (July 1937–38),[1] and Earl Hines (September 1938–40);[1] with Hines he recorded extensively. In the early 1940s he worked with Milt Larkin's band at the Rhumboogie Club,[2] Benny Carter (late 1942),[1] and Red Allen (late 1944–April 46),[1] in addition to leading his own band.[1] He was in George Dixon's quartet in 1950[1] when he died of a heart attack. He never recorded as a leader.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Rye, Howard. "Burroughs, Alvin". Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  2. ^ Campbell, Robert L. and Leonard J. Bukowski, and Armin Büttner "The Tom Archia Discography" Retrieved 3 July 2013.