J.C. Heard

James Charles Heard was born August 10, 1917, in Dayton, Ohio, but grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Considered one of the best drummers of the swing era—comparable to Jo JonesGene Krupa and Cozy Cole—he started in show business when he was just a child as a tap dancer in amateur contests and vaudeville shows at first, but it didn’t take him long to switch his focus. By age 11 he was already becoming a self-taught musician. His parents supported his new interest and brought him to see major performers who played in Detroit’s most famous music venues. He would later describe seeing Chick Webb play in 1937 as a “formative experience.” At the age of 14, Heard began studying music at Cass Technical High School, and after classes he would gig, playing and singing professionally with local bands and obscure groups, and making frequent appearances at Mac Ivey’s Cozy Corner bar on Hastings...

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Albums featuring J.C. Heard

13 records