Alexander, Mousey

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Alexander, Mousey Gender: M
Elmer J. Alexander
born on 29 June 1922 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Gary, Indiana, 41n36, 87w21
Timezone CDT h5w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 06°49' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 02°38 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 17°22'

Mousey Alexander (At right, sitting with Clark Terry after a gig in Chicago in December 1970)
photo: Db20132078, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American jazz drummer, well-schooled and able to swing any band with which he performed.

Alexander studied at the Roy Knapp School in Chicago. He began to work with Jimmy McPartland there, soon after playing in the band of his wife, Marian McPartland. In the middle of the 1950s he played with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, and played in a small group with guitarist Johnny Smith.

In 1956 he accompanied Benny Goodman on a tour of the Far East. Later in the 1950s he worked often with Bud Freeman and Eddie Condon. He also played with Charlie Ventura, Red Norvo, Clark Terry, Ralph Sutton, Sy Oliver, and Doc Severinsen. He freelanced during the 1960s with many bands and in the 1970s he started recording for Harry Lim under the Famous Door record label. Buddy Rich and Mousey were friends and Buddy thought highly of his playing.

Mousey had a bad stroke in 1980 but fully recovered over time, and played up until his death on 9 October 1988, aged 66, from heart and kidney failure.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Health : Acute illness 1980 (Stroke)
  • Death by Disease 9 October 1988 (Heart and kidney failure, age 66)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana archives.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Drummer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz