Irv Cottler was one of the most respected and prolific session drummers of the big-band era. No less an authority than Frank Sinatra called him "the best in the business." Born February 13, 1918, in New York City, Cottler grew up in the same neighborhood as pioneering bandleader Raymond Scott. At 14, he falsified his age to acquire a musician's union card, and honed his chops playing the Catskills resort circuit. After stints with Red Norvo and Mildred Bailey, Cottler toured California behind Claude Thornhill, vowing to ultimately relocate cross-country. Stints with Larry Clinton, Tommy Dorsey, and Les Brown followed, but in 1947 he finally retired from the road and settled in Los Angeles. A first-call session drummer renowned for his impeccable timekeeping, Cottler recorded behind immortals including Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, and ...
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