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  Tubby Hall

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Tubby Hall

Tubby Hall, born Alfred Hall on October 12, 1895 in Sellers, Louisiana, was an American jazz drummer, considered by many to be one of the greatest drummers of his generation, along with Zutty Singleton and Warren "Baby" Dodds.

The older brother of jazz drummer, Minor "Ram" Hall, the Hall family recolated to New Orleans when Tubby was still young. It was there that Tubby was drumming for numerous New Orleans marching bands, and worked with legendary cornetist, Buddie Petit.

In March of 1917, Tubby Hall moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he played with Sugar Johnny Smith. After spending two years in the US Army, Hall returned to Chicago and continue performing with New Orleans style bands.

Tubby Hall worked with the legendary Louis Armstrong, and is seen in several of Armstrong's movies from the early 1930s, including two Paramount movies; the live action and Betty Boop cartoon I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You (1932) and A Rhapsody in Black and Blue (1932). Only Armstrong and Hall received closeups in the two films; both got their faces transposed with those of racially stereotyped "jungle natives" in the cartoon. Hall morphs from a jazz drummer to a cannibal stirring a cooking pot with two wooden sticks.

Tubby Hall died on May 13, 1945 in Chicago, IL at the age of 49.

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