Jimmy Crawford (drummer)

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Jimmy Crawford (left) and Frankie Laine, ca. 1947.
Photography by William P. Gottlieb.

Jimmy "Craw" Crawford (January 14, 1910 – January 28, 1980) was an American jazz drummer in the swing era.


Jimmy Crawford was born in 1910 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the drummer of the Jimmie Lunceford big band for nearly 14 years from 1928 to 1942. According to Modern Drummer, Crawford "played with a strong, solid pulsation — a classic trademark of the Lunceford sound — and was a key factor in establishing the unique Lunceford beat."[1] Later, in the 1950s, Crawford worked as a pit drummer on Broadway. He recorded with numerous notable artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Sy Oliver, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, and Frank Sinatra.[1][2]

He died on January 28, 1980 in New York City.


Paul Motian mentioned Crawford as one of his favorite drummers.[3]


With Buster Bailey

With Count Basie

With Kenny Burrell

With Buck Clarke

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Coleman Hawkins

With Eddie Heywood

  • Eddie Heywood (EmArcy, 1955)

With Quincy Jones


  1. ^ a b Jimmy Crawford, Modern Drummer
  2. ^ Jimmy Crawford, answers.com
  3. ^ "Paul Motian's Favorite Drummer". YouTube. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
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