Arthur Trappier

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Drum enthusiasts fond of the term "traps" will have a pecadillo of a paradiddle when confronted with this artist, who earned his nickname not only by playing the traps but by having the term embedded…
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Drum enthusiasts fond of the term "traps" will have a pecadillo of a paradiddle when confronted with this artist, who earned his nickname

not only by playing the traps but by having the term embedded in his surname from birth. [RoviLink="MN"]Arthur "Traps"

Trappier[/RoviLink] was born in New York City, evolving into a regular sideman in various outfits based out of that

classic jazz mecca. Unlike rowdier drummers with notorious social lives such as the accurately named Dave Tough, Trappier stuck to both beat and business, resulting biographical details usually consisting simply of lists of all the famous bandleaders that put him at the center of their rhythm sections.

Even the casual listener may have experienced this drummer as the result of his tenure with the Fats Waller band during 1941 and 1942.

He had been performing professionally more than a decade at that point, drumming with Charlie Skeets in the late '20s as well as vocalist Blanche Calloway, sister of Cab Calloway. Following the second World War it would be impossible to compile a list of active swing performers without at least one noted bandleader employing this drummer. The patter of his traps has been something of a backbeat for New York City's entire classic jazz scene, even into the swing revival years of the '60s and early '70s.

By then Trappier was more likely to have been the leader of his own group, beginning with the trio that garnered lengthy New York City hotel stints during the '50s. Wilbur De Paris, Ed Hall, Sy Oliver, Hot Lips Page, Buddy Johnson, Wingy Manone, Sidney Bechet , Benny Goodman and Henry "Red" Allen are among the illustrious names that come up in reference to this drummer's close to half-century of service to jazz. An interesting diversion in his discography are recording sessions with blues lite performer Josh White in the '30s and '40s.