[Dixielandjazz] Prima's Drummers

J. D. Bryce brycejo at comcast.net
Tue Nov 6 08:35:42 PST 2007

Interesting list of Prima's drummers.  Godfrey Hirsh played vibes with Pete
Fountain for years.  He's on most of Fountain's small group albums
throughout the 1960's.  Fountain used a "West Coast" rhythm section composed
of Morty Cobb on bass, Jack Sperling on drums.  They used a pianist named
Koch, whose first name I think was Earl.  Hirsh fitted in nicely with this

J. D. Bryce
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I worked from time to time in the 70's and 80's at Disney Florida with
Harvey Lang, Prima's drummer 1957-58. Fine fellow even though I once counted
27 separate surfaces set up around him to bang on. He always enjoyed
reminising about his Vegas days.

Jimmy Vincent was Prima's drummer from 1944-50. When The Witnesses recorded
in 1956 the drummer was Bobby Morris, then Harvey, then Paul Ferrara, then
Bobby Morris '59 + 60. Jimmy Vincent returned from 1962-1974 and the drummer
on his last album in 1975 was Joey Vespe.

Earlier drummers from 1933-1940 were (in order) Stan King, Sam Weiss, George
Pemberty, Godfrey Hirsh, Oscar Bradley, John Castaing, Jack Powers.
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