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Published on Apr 6, 2012
Sonny Igoe is interviewed by his son, Tommy Igoe.
Sonny was born Oct. 8, 1923 in Jersey City, NJ. He was a renowned jazz drummer and educator whose musical accomplishments are legend, Sonny lit up the stage with Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and Charlie Ventura in the 1950s. He played with the CBS and NBC staff orchestras, backing performers such as Ed Sullivan, Merv Griffin, Jackie Gleason and Carol Burnett in the 1960s.
Sonny went on to become one of the most respected drum educators in the world, inspiring thousands of private students. Sonny performed well into his 80s, delighting jazz fans until sidelined by a stroke. He continued to mentor grateful students at his home studio, where they sought weekly guidance. Beyond the drums, he was gifted with humor, kindness, unimpeachable ethics and wisdom.
Owen "Sonny" Igoe, 88, passed away on Wednesday, March 28 2012.