- Jack Sohmer
Pollack, Ben (22 June 1903–07 June 1971), jazz drummer and bandleader, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of a furrier. The names of Pollack’s parents are unknown. Pollack started playing drums while attending high school and worked in various local bands before joining the New Orleans Rhythm Kings at the Friars Inn in early 1923. He made his first records with them in March 1923, and after the breakup of the group later in the year he went to Los Angeles, where he worked for eleven months in Harry Bastin’s band at the Venice Ballroom. After a brief visit home, he rejected his father’s offer of a job in the family fur business and returned to the amusement park ballroom as leader of the band. Starting in October 1924 he brought in saxophonists Gil Rodin and Fud Livingston, trombonist ...