Growing Up Musically in Chicago
by Marty Clausen
I was lucky to be born in Chicago when I was. It was the end of the roaring '20s, and jazz was already a huge part of our culture. When I started playing drums in the early '40s, we were in transition between swing and bebop. The "new music" was drawing a lot of us into a whole different way of playing, and thinking.
When I was about sixteen I met Sandy Mosse while rehearsing with Don Newey's small band. We didn't think of it at the time, but we were to be lifelong friends and fellow players in many different musical situations.