Happy Birthday Cosmic Don

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Clinton Hutton’s masterful art dedicated to Don Drummond.

 

Yesterday, March 12th, was Don Drummond’s 83rd birthday, had he been provided with proper treatment for his mental illness, given Margarita love and respect instead of violence and death, and gone on to live and share the wealth of his talent with the world as he did for his short 37 years. Don Drummond was a complicated man with genius skills on the trombone and my book, Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist unravels the myth behind the legend, but today I would like to share a few of my favorite works by the master, and a few photos that I took while in Jamaica in recent years.

Please share your thoughts on Cosmic Don. Keep the beauty of his spirit alive by enjoying his music, today and every day.

Confucious

Addis Ababa

Cleopatra

Alipang

Music is My Occupation

 

The classroom at Alpha Boys School (now Alpha Institute, a day school) where Don Drummond went to class. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

The classroom at Alpha Boys School (now Alpha Institute, a day school) where Don Drummond went to class. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

The stage at the Ward Theater upon which Don Drummond stood and played during the 1950s and early 1960s. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

The stage at the Ward Theater upon which Don Drummond stood and played during the 1950s and early 1960s. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

 

The Palace Theater stage, upon which Don Drummond performed for many years. Photo by Heather Augusty, 2013.

The Palace Theater stage, upon which Don Drummond performed for many years. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2013.

 

Inside Bellevue. Photo by Heather Augustyn 2013.

Inside Bellevue. Photo by Heather Augustyn 2013]

Looking through the back door of 9 Rusden Road, the residence of Don Drummond and Margarita, the site of her murder at his hands. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

Looking through the back door of 9 Rusden Road, the residence of Don Drummond and Margarita, the site of her murder at his hands. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

 

Debris beneath the home at 9 Rusden Road. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

Debris beneath the home at 9 Rusden Road. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

 

The gate at the Rockfort Police Station, through which Don Drummond walked to report the tragedy. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

The gate at the Rockfort Police Station, through which Don Drummond walked to report the tragedy. Photo by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

 

 

One comment

  1. Two questions:

    1) Did Bob Marley ever speak about Don?

    2) I’m interested in comparing the Top Deck recordings with the Coxsone ones. To my ears, the bass is more prominent in the Top Deck tracks, such as Chinatown, and this is one factor that leads me to prefer them.

    I also wonder if Yap was a more sympathetic producer for Don that Coxsone tended to be.

    This is Yap’s obituary:

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/1999/aug/05/guardianobituaries2

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