Tommy Benford

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Thomas "Tommy" Benford (April 19, 1905 - March 24, 1994) was a prominent African American jazz drummer.

Tommy Benford was born on April 19, 1905 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the younger brother of tuba player Bill Benford. He studied music at the Jenkins Orphanage in South Carolina and went on tour with the school band including traveling to England in 1914.

In 1920, he was working with the Green River Minstrel Show. Benford recorded with Jelly Roll Morton in 1928 and 1930.

In later life he played with Stan McDonald. Benford died on March 24, 1994.

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