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David "Panama" Francis, legendary drummer noted for a career remarkable for its longevity—dating from Harlem jazz spots of the 1930s to Hollywood movie sets of the 1990s—but for its sheer scope as well. Who else could have claimed to have worked with Cab Calloway, Frankie Valli, Dinah Shore,The Platters and LaVerne Baker, to name just a few of his colleagues.He then established himself as a dynamic leader of the revived Savoy Sultans. David Albert Francis was born on December 21, 1918, in Miami, Florida. He played drums at a young age and gained most of his early experience on the instrument at church meetings around his hometown


Article: Interview

Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - On the Road and In Demand

Read "Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - On the Road and In Demand" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 World-renown trumpeter, saxophonist, musical director, producer and entrepreneur. These are but a mere handful of words that describe the vast talent in Glenn Zottola's bag of musical marvels. There are others: child prodigy, creative genius, “musical natural" and aural savant also percolate rapidly to mind. Now ...


Gettin' In The Groove

Label: Black And Blue
Released: 2004


Panama Francis and his Savoy Sultans

Label: Unknown label
Released: 1979


Sin & Soul

Label: Columbia Records
Released: 1960
Track listing: Work Song; But I Was Cool ; Bid 'Em High; Signifyin' Monkey; Watermelon Man; Somebody By Me A Drink; Rags And Old Iron; Dat Dere; Brown Baby; Humdrum Blues; Sleepy; Afro Blue.


Conga Rock / Marie

Label: Black And Blue
Released: 1959


Exploding Drums

Label: Black And Blue
Released: 0


Exploding Drums!

Label: Black And Blue
Released: 0


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