Jazz percussionist, 82Bobby Rosengarden, 82, a jazz drummer who worked with musicians from Igor Stravinsky to Jimi Hendrix but became best known for making wisecracks as the bandleader on The Dick Cavett Show, died Tuesday in Sarasota, Fla. The cause was kidney failure, said his wife, Sharon Rosengarden.
A veteran of TV network orchestras, talk-show bands and recording sessions, Mr. Rosengarden played bongos for Harry Belafonte, banged a metal triangle on the Ben E. King hit "Stand by Me," and cupped his hands to blow the eerie hooting hyena sound on the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, during a recording session for a radio-ready version of the song.
He was adept at the saw, spoons and washboard, but was most at home driving a big band with a drum set. He played on The Steve Allen Show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Sing Along With Mitch, and in the early years of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.
After playing drums in Army bands in World War II, he moved to New York City. He developed contacts playing in nightclubs, and by the early 1950s, his versatility and sight-reading skills made him a frequent choice for jazz and pop recording sessions and for television network staff orchestras.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Mark and Neil and four grandsons. - N.Y. Times News Service