|Tags:||jazz swing instrumental drums big band drum heroes|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Zurich, Switzerland. Antolini decided to become a drummer after playing in a marching band at school when he was nine years old. By the time he was 15 he had become attracted to jazz and a year later joined a dixieland band. At 18 he moved to Paris, France, and soon became a part of the citys bustling jazz scene. He played with many visiting American musicians including Albert Nicholas and Bill Coleman, and also with Sidney Bechet, then a resident in France. In Switzerland, Antolini formed his own traditional band, the Tremble Kids, and then a bop group. He also began working with radio big bands in Germany. As his reputation spread, Antolini became in much demand for bands fronted by touring jazzmen, among who were Lew Soloff, Sal Nistico and Herb Geller. He also accompanied Earl Fatha Hines, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Thad Jones, and Stuff Smith. Goodman was sufficiently impressed to hire Antolini for three European and one Canadian...