Iconic female drummer who played alongside huge jazz stars passes away following stroke

ICONIC female drummer Dottie Dodgion has died aged 91.

The high-profile jazz drummer passed away on September 17 in a hospice center in Pacific Grove, California.


Credit: Tom Marcello

Dodgion passed away following a stroke, according to her daughter and only immediate survivor, Deborah Dodgion.

During her lengthy career, Dodgion played alongside jazz legends Benny Goodman, Marian McPartland and Ruby Braff.

Despite huge highlights, Dodgion remained modest and focused on her playing.

“There’s no denying that many drummers love the spotlight,” she wrote in her autobiography. “That’s why I sometimes say I’m not a ‘real drummer’.”

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