Happy Birthday Cosmic Don


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.


Addis Ababa



Music is My Occupation








1 thought on “Happy Birthday Cosmic Don”

  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:



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