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Artist biography Sonny Igoe
A fine big band drummer, Owen J. "Sonny" Igoe was inspired by Gene Krupa, Kenny Clarke and Max Roach. He was originally self-taught. At age 16 he won a Gene Krupa drumming contest.
Sonny Igoe was in the Army during 1942-46 and then played with Tommy Reed (1946-47), Les Elagart (1947) and Ina Ray Hutton (1948).
Sonny Igoe's most significant musical associations were with Benny Goodman (the bebop band of 1948-49), Woody Herman's Third Herd (1950-52) and Charlie Ventura (1953-55).
Sonny Igoe has also worked with Bill Perkins, Sam Staff, Roy Caton, Doug Mettome, and Urbie Green.
Since then Sonny Igoe has spent most of his career as a studio musician and as a teacher. However he has remained active and, starting in the 1980's, he frequently co-led a big band with Dick Meldonian which recorded several albums for Progressive.
Sonny Igoe's son, Tommy Igoe, is an acclaimed drummer and instructor as well.