Drums were popular in jazz music during the 1930s and 40s, especially in upcoming cities like Pittsburgh. A world-famous jazz drummer from Pittsburgh, Roger Humphries grew up in the North Side.
Humphries learned to play the drums by ear and went on to perform in the Hill district Jazz Clubs. He became a professional at the young age of just 14. He even led a show at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16. Although self taught, Humphries was a teacher to many others as he taught music at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University. Humphries influenced a generation of drummers throughout Pittsburgh leading into the 50s and 60s when the city was entering a new era of music.