Freddie Waits

Frederick "Freddie" Douglas Waits (April 27, 1943 – November 18, 1989) was a hard bop and post-bop drummer.

Freddie Waits
Freddie Waits, 52nd Street Jazz Fair, July 6, 1976 New York City Photo by Tom Marcello
Freddie Waits, 52nd Street Jazz Fair, July 6, 1976 New York City
Photo by Tom Marcello
Background information
Born(1940-04-27)April 27, 1940
Jackson, Mississippi
DiedNovember 18, 1989(1989-11-18) (aged 46)
New York City
Avant-garde jazz
Hard bop

He never officially recorded as leader, but was a prominent member and composer in Max Roach's M'Boom percussion ensemble.

He worked as sideman with a number of influential pianists, including McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Andrew Hill, Gene Harris, Billy Taylor and Joe Zawinul.

In 1967, Waits recorded with Freddie Hubbard.

He was a member of the last Lee Morgan Quintet, a journey cut short by Morgan's murder in 1972.

In the late 1970s, Waits formed Colloquium III with fellow drummers Horace Arnold and Billy Hart. In the 1980s he became a music faculty member of Rutgers University. He died of pneumonia and kidney failure in New York in 1989.[1]

His son is the drummer Nasheet Waits.[2]


As sidemanEdit

With M'Boom

With Roy Ayers

With Kenny Barron

With Gary Bartz

With Willie Bobo

With Ray Bryant

With Kenny Burrell

With Donald Byrd

With Stanley Cowell

With Richard Davis

With Jack DeJohnette

With Bill Dixon

With Teddy Edwards

With Ricky Ford

With Bunky Green

With Tiny Grimes

With Gene Harris

With Andrew Hill

With Buck Hill

With Johnny Hodges

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

With Freddie Hubbard

With Willis Jackson

With Clifford Jordan

With Hubert Laws

With Junior Mance

With Charles McPherson

With René McLean

With Mulgrew Miller and Reggie Workman

With James Moody

With Lee Morgan

With Don Patterson

With Pharoah Sanders

With Shirley Scott

With Buddy Terry

With McCoy Tyner

With Joe Zawinul

With Curtis Fuller


  1. ^ Allmusic bio
  2. ^ "Nasheet Waits Biography". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-11-18.