Bobby Donaldson

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For the Scottish footballer, see Bobby Donaldson (footballer).

Bobby Donaldson (November 29, 1922, Boston - 1971) was an American jazz drummer.

After playing locally in the early 1940s, Donaldson played with Russell Procope while serving in the Army in New York City. In 1946-47 Donaldson worked with Cat Anderson, and following this played with Edmond Hall, Andy Kirk, Lucky Millinder, Buck Clayton, Red Norvo, and Sy Oliver/Louis Armstrong. He was a prolific session musician for much of the 1950s and 1960s, playing with Helen Merrill, Ruby Braff, Mel Powell, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Bobby Jaspar, Herbie Mann, André Hodeir, Kenny Burrell, Lonnie Johnson, Frank Wess, Willis Jackson, and Johnny Hodges.


With Mildred Anderson

With Kenny Burrell

With Curtis Fuller

With Johnny Hodges

With Willis Jackson

With Etta Jones

With Herbie Mann

With A. K. Salim

With The Three Playmates

With Frank Wess

With Joe Williams


  1. ^ Savoy Records discography Retrieved 24 June 2013.