Stompin' at the Savoy
How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums
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Though a disability stunted his growth and left him with a hunched back, William Henry Chick Webb did not let that get in the way of his musical pursuits. Even as a young child, Chick saw the world as one big drum, pounding out rhythms on everything from stair railings to pots and pans. His love of percussion brought him to the big time as an influential big band leader. This picture-book biography details the life of black American jazz drummer Chick Webb, who in the 1930s led one of the big bands of the swing era, earning him the nickname the King of the Savoy.
Sleeping Bear Press, 9781534110977, 32pp.
Publication Date: January 15, 2021