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Beat Me Daddy: 1942

Beat Me Daddy: 1942

April 1942. "Mr. Oliver Coleman, drummer, looking over some music scores in the study of his apartment on Indiana Avenue. Chicago, Illinois." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Foreign Information Service of the U.S. Office of Coordinator of Information. View full size.


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Oliver Coleman recordings online: 1938-1956

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Dorothy Donegan on piano accompanied by Carl "Flat Top" Wilson on bass and Oliver Coleman on drums.

"Solid Mama"

Oliver Coleman was the drummer for the Earl Hines Orchestra in the late 1930s and can be heard on a number of sides, including versions of “Hines Rhythm,” “Ridin' a Riff,” “Solid Mama,” and “Goodnight, Sweet Dreams, Goodnight,” with the latter showing off his driving style to best advantage.

-- Texas State Historical Association


"Jazz drummer Oliver Coleman was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1914. Coleman was considered one of the leading drummers and successful percussion teachers in Chicago."

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Appropriate photographer

Besides his photographic work, Jack Delano was a composer of some note, particularly after he first visited Puerto Rico a year before he photographed Mr. Coleman. (Delano moved to Puerto Rico permanently after the war.) He wrote for solo voice, chorus, chamber ensembles, electronic instruments, and orchestras, often using Puerto Rican materials. He developed a close relationship with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, founded under the influence of Pablo Casals in 1958.

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