Mousey and Clark Terry in December 1970
|Birth name||Elmer Alexander|
|Born||June 29, 1922|
|Died||October 9, 1988(aged 66)|
|Associated acts||Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Red Norvo, Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Marian McPartland, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Jimmy McPartland, Johnny Smith, Bud Freeman, Eddie Condon, Ralph Sutton, Sy Oliver, Charlie Ventura, Doc Severinsen|
Elmer "Mousey" Alexander (June 19, 1922 – October 9, 1988) was an American jazz drummer.
Born in Gary, Indiana, Alexander studied at the Roy Knapp School in Chicago. He began to work with Jimmy McPartland there, soon after playing in the band of his wife, Marian McPartland. In the middle of the 1950s he played with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, and played in a small group with guitarist Johnny Smith.
In 1956 he accompanied Benny Goodman on a tour of the Far East. Later in the 1950s he worked often with Bud Freeman and Eddie Condon. He also played with Charlie Ventura, Red Norvo, Clark Terry, Ralph Sutton, Sy Oliver, and Doc Severinsen. He freelanced during the 1960s with many bands and in the 1970s he started recording for Harry Lim under the Famous Door record label. He was a great well schooled drummer able to swing any band with which he performed. Buddy Rich and Mousey were friends and Buddy thought highly of his playing.
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- With Buck Clayton
With Lee Konitz
- Spirits (Milestone, 1971)
With Zoot Sims
With Rex Stewart
- Henderson Homecoming (United Artists, 1959)
With Jimmy Witherspoon