Specs Powell

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Gordon "Specs" Powell (June 5, 1922 – September 15, 2007) was a jazz drummer and percussionist who began in the swing era. He also worked in the Bebop and Hard bop idioms.

Specs was the First Black staff musician hired by CBS in 1943. Born in New York City, and proud Trinidadian, he started out on piano but became exclusively a drummer in the late 1930s. He worked with Edgar Hayes (1939), Benny Carter (1941–42), Ben Webster, and others early in his career. Going on to play percussions on The Ed Sullivan Show]] in the early 1960s. His only album as a leader was in 1957, Movin' In (Roulette). He remained active until the 1970s and was honored by the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 2004.

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