Kohlman, Freddie [Fritz ]
- Alyn Shipton
(b New Orleans, Aug 25, 1918; d New Orleans, Sept 29, 1990). American drummer, singer, and bandleader. He was the son of Louis Kohlman, whose tavern in Algiers, Louisiana, was a well-known jazz venue. His first music lessons were on clarinet from Fess Manetta, but thereafter he settled on drums and received tuition from Louis Cottrell, Sr. He began his career playing with the bands of A. J. Piron, Joseph Robichaux, Papa Celestin, and Sam Morgan. In the mid-1930s he moved to Chicago, where he joined a quartet at the Michigan Hotel which included Albert Ammons and with which Stuff Smith played occasionally; he also worked with Lee Collins and Earl Hines. He spent a period in Detroit before returning to New Orleans in 1941. From 1944 Kohlman led his own band for an engagement at the Mardi Gras Lounge, run by the clarinetist Sid Davilla on Bourbon Street. His album ...