b. 11 August 1907, Glasgow, Scotland, d. 5 November 1995. Abrams began playing drums with dance bands in his teens, often in the Glasgow area. In the late 20s he went to London and was soon active with a number of bands there. He toured South Africa before returning to London where, in 1932, he joined Jack Hylton’s orchestra. During the next few years he played with several leading UK dance bands, including Sydney Lipton’s and Carroll Gibbons’ Savoy Orpheans. He was also in demand for numerous recording sessions with many leaders. He recorded with his own band in 1935 and also made a series of tuition records for aspiring drummers. In the early 40s, Abrams drummed with Ambrose, Jack Payne and Stéphane Grappelli, then, in 1945, joined Sid Phillips for an engagement that lasted well into the next decade. During this period Abrams often worked with other small bands, including Humphrey Lyttelton’s, and appeared regularly on radio. Abrams was a technically gifted percussionist, playing several instruments including vibraphone, xylophone, and timpani. He was much sought after as a teacher and founded his own School for Drum Tuition. His admired ability drew many eager and gifted drummers to him, among them Jack Parnell.
Share this page