The “Drum Skit” from “A damsel in Distress"


Hi All -

Last week we caught a stunning live performance of the splendid jazz drummer, Roy Haynes, who is surely the last of the great bop drummers. Roy Haynes was nicknamed “Snap Crackle” by his peers because he established a distinctively crisp and rapid-fire sound on the snare. He played with the likes of; Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Monk, Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz among many others.

At the performance we saw, Roy would sometimes leave his drum kit to perform a short but spectacular tap dance while twirling his sticks. I dare say because of the percussive nature of their craft, many drummers can tap dance, but Roy was especially good, and at age 92 that’s extraordinary.

The reverse seems to be true. Tap dancers can be fine drummers - at least with the dazzling Fred Astaire it is. Here’s the “drum skit” from “A Damsel in Distress.” Waddayathink?

A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS directed by George Stevens (1937 101min.)

You will find the scene at this link:

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