Note(s)William Randolph "Cozy" Cole (1909 – 1981) was an American jazz drummer. His first music job was with Wilbur Sweatman in 1928. In 1930 he played for Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers, recording an early drum solo on "Load of Cole". He spent 1931–33 with Blanche Calloway, 1933-34 with Benny Carter, 1935-36 with Willie Bryant, 1936-38 with Stuff Smith's small combo, and 1938-42 with Cab Calloway. In 1942, he was hired by CBS Radio music director Raymond Scott as part of network radio's first mixed-race orchestra. After that he played with Louis Armstrong's All Stars. Cole appeared in music-related films, including a brief cameo in Don't Knock the Rock and in 1941 he authored Modern Orchestra Drum Technique (New York, 1941). In 1954 he started a drums school with Gene Krupa and in 1958 gained Hit Parade success with his single “Topsy.” Throughout the 1960s and '70s Cole continued to tour with a variety of ensembles including Benny Carter’s quartet, and Jonah Jones’ quintet.
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CollectionJazz Oral History Project, Jazz Oral History Project
Organization NameRutgers University. Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University. Institute of Jazz Studies
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