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Legendary drummer George "˜Butch"™ Ballard dies at 92

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George “Butch” Ballard accomplished many things in his 92 years, for which he was honored last fall in the Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame. Ballard was known primarily for his stints with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. He also recorded with Louis Armstrong and others, and was said to have played on more than 300 recordings. He continued to play until recent years. In 2006 he received a Mellon Jazz Achievement Award

 

"We are pleased to honor a jazz legend and a true gentleman who is still plying his craft with his peers. And just as Butch Ballard was first taught the drum basics more than 60 years ago, he understands the importance of passing these skills along to his students," said David Kutch, chairman of Mellon Financial Corporation's Mid-Atlantic region. "When you look at Butch's impressive background and credentials, it's no wonder that the 'All Music Guide' states that he provided the rhythm for a veritable Mount Rushmore of jazz stars and big band giants."

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