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Tubby Hall

Born: Oct 12, 1895

Death: May 13, 1945

Birthplace: United States of America

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Tubby Hall

Date of Birth : Oct 12, 1895
Date of Death : May 13, 1945
Birth Place : United States of America

Alfred "Tubby" Hall was a jazz drummer. Hall was born in Sellers, Louisiana; his family moved to New Orleans in his childhood. His younger brother Minor "Ram" Hall also became a professional drummer. He played in many marching bands in New Orleans, including with Buddie Petit. In March 1917 Tubby Hall moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he played with Sugar Johnny Smith. After two years in the United States Army, returned to playing in Chicago mostly with New Orleans bands, joining Carroll Dickerson's Orchestra and later with the groups of King Oliver, Jimmie Noone, Tiny Parham, Johnny Dodds. Noted swing and big-band drummer Gene Krupa said that Hall and Zutty Singleton "...were great! They knew every trick and just how to phrase the parts of the choruses behind the horns, how to lead a man in, what to do at the turn-arounds, when to use sticks and when to use brushes, when to go for the rims or the woodblocks, what cymbals are for." For some years he played with Louis Armstrong, and is seen in Armstrong's movies of the early 1930s, including the live action and Betty Boop cartoon I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You and A Rhapsody in Black and Blue, made by Paramount.


  • Musician
  • Drummer
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