Cathy Rich, the daughter of Buddy Rich and drummer Greg Potter explain how they are continuing Buddy Rich’s Legacy to Dana Jackson.
2017 marks BuddyRich’s Centennial. In order to properly pay tribute to him and his legacy and to celebrate her father’s music, Cathy is re-introducing Buddy Rich Band Classics like “Love for Sale,” “Mercy, Mercy,” “Birdland,” “Nutville,” “Dancing Men” and her hit “The Beat Goes On.” There are plans in the works for a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, the Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and a year’s celebration will commence on April 7 when the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra has a two night tribute to BuddyRich’s music under the guidance of Wynton Marsalis with Ali Jackson on drums. The Buddy Rich Band will be touring throughout the year punctuated by numerous special events.
Cathy Rich’s musical career began virtually at birth. Born into a musical dynasty as the only child of jazz and drumming icon Buddy Rich, Cathy has carved her own path in music history.
One of the youngest people ever to be signed by a major record label, Cathy began her recording career at the age of twelve singing “The Beat Goes On” live with her father’s band on the album Big Swing Face and performing it with Buddy and his band on the Tonight Show. That recording has since been used in countless commercials, remixes, and feature films.
After her father’s passing, Cathy switched gears and devoted her life to preserving the legacy she was born into. It was Buddy’s wish to keep his band and music alive for young people in future generations and it has been her mission to make sure her father’s wish came true.
Creator and producer of the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert series, Cathy changed the face of the drumming industry by having the greatest drummers in the world sit in with Buddy’s band, playing his music. Everyone from Phil Collins to Billy Cobham to Max Roach have been a part of these historical events