Jazz drummer Frankie Dunlop dies at age 85


American jazz drummer Frankie Dunlop has passed away at the age of 85.A specific date and cause has yet to be revealed by his family. Dunlop was born on December 6, 1928 and grew up in a musical family. He began playing guitar at age 9 and drums at age 10. By age 16, he started playing professionally. He toured with Big Jay McNeely and recorded with Moe Koffman in 1950 before serving in the army.

After is military discharge, he played with the likes of Sony Stitt, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Lena Horne, Thelonious Monk, and Duke Ellington. Later on his career he recorded with Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines, Ray Crawford, and Joe Zawinul.

Dunlop retired in 1984 after having recorded on over 100 albums.

A memorial-celebration of Frankie Dunlop’s life is being held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7 p.m., at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York.