Danny Alvin had a lengthy career playing drums in many traditional jazz groups. The father of guitarist Teddy Walters, Alvin's first major job came playing with Sophie Tucker at Reisenweber's in New York in 1919. He moved to Chicago in the early '20s, then divided his time between there and New York. Alvin played and recorded with such greats as Sidney Bechet, George Brunis, Buck Clayton, Wild Bill Davison, Wingy Manone, Joe Marsala, Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow and George Zack. His legacy as a leader is slim, with his best release being a 1958 session for Stepheny.