Barcelona, Danny [Daniel ]
- T. Dennis Brown
(b Honolulu, Aug 23, 1929; d San Gabriel, CA, April 1, 2007). American drummer. At the age of 18 he played in the Hawaii Dixie All-Stars led by Trummy Young. When Young left to work with Louis Armstrong in 1952 Barcelona took over the leadership of the group, which toured the Far East until 1953. Early in 1958 he joined Armstrong in New York, and he remained with the trumpeter until the latter’s death in 1971; as well as making many recordings, he appeared with the band in films and on television. He then returned to Honolulu and played locally until 1979, when he moved to Monterey Park, California. During Barcelona’s tenure with Armstrong the band played a commercialized form of jazz. Consequently his technique was based less on traditional dixieland revival styles than on those of the 1960s; his playing is characterized by extensive use of the ride cymbal, crisp, clean fills and breaks, and solos that exploit asymmetrical phrasing and demonstrate his accuracy of hand and foot at speed....