Freddie Waits

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Freddie Waits

Freddie Waits ( Frederick Douglas Waits ; born April 27, 1943 in Jackson , Mississippi , † November 18, 1989 in New York City ) was an American jazz drummer.

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Waits first played the flute as a child, but soon switched to drums. As a college student, he had the opportunity to accompany blues singers Ivory Joe Hunter and Percy Mayfield and then performed with blues musicians such as Memphis Slim and John Lee Hooker . In 1962 he worked with Jimmy Wilkins ' Orchestra in Detroit , where he also took part in Stevie Wonder's Finger Tips , and from 1963 to 1965 he was a member of Paul Winter's Band. He then worked in Los Angeles with Gerald Wilson's band.

He came to New York in the mid-1960s. Here his most important partners were Sonny Rollins (1966), Andrew Hill ( Grass Roots 1968, Lift Every Voice 1969, Strange Serenade 1980), McCoy Tyner ( Time for Tyner , Expansions , Cosmos 1968-1970), Max Roach , with whom he was the Founded group M'Boom , Bill Dixon and most recently Cecil Taylor . He also accompanied Ella Fitzgerald on a major European tour. Waits also taught at Rutgers University . Waits was also involved in recordings of Donald Byrd ( Mustang ), Gene Harris , Pharoah Sanders ( Karma ), James Moody , Mercer Ellington , Bennie Maupin ( The Jewel in the Lotus 1974) and the last recording sessions of Lee Morgan in 1971 / 72 involved before his death. In the 1980s he was still playing in Roland Hanna's band .

His son Nasheet Waits is also active as a jazz drummer.

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