Walter Bolden, a jazz drummer who got his break with Stan Getz in 1950, died from cancer on Feb. 7. He was 76.
Bolden studied at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Conn., and he played pick-up gigs in the area. In 1950, Getz came to Hartford to play the Sundown Club, which featured a house band that included pianist Horace Silver and Bolden. The concert was a success and Getz decided to take the band on the road with him and record with them for Roost. Because of their association with Getz, Silver and Bolden moved to New York City and found a ton of work.