Dallas Elmer Chambers, also called Frog and Muffle Jaws Chambers (1897, Bayonne, New Jersey - ca. 1952, Jersey City, New Jersey) was an American jazz trumpeter.
Chambers played in marching bands while serving in World War I, where he met bandleader Sam Wooding. He played with Wooding in Atlantic City, Detroit, and New York City, but left his service before Wooding's tours abroad. In 1923 he began playing with Fletcher Henderson in both large and small ensembles, and played on recordings behind the blues singers Alberta Hunter, Rosa Henderson, Clara Smith, and Ida Cox. He played with Louis Armstrong, and recorded with him on sessions for Decca, Verve, and Paramount. While with Armstrong he played alongside Coleman Hawkins, Don Redman, Buster Bailey, and Joe Smith.
Chambers left Henderson in 1926 and played subsequently in the bands of Ellsworth Reynolds (1926), Billy Fowler (1926–27), and Russell Wooding (1930). He played in pit orchestras, in touring revues, and with Fats Waller, Sidney Bechet, and June Cole before going into semi-retirement in the 1930s.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1897 (Bayonne), Died 1952 (Jersey City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1924
Roles Represented in DAHR: cornet, trumpet
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||81183||10-in.||8/31/1923||I want my sweet daddy now||Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Columbia||81184||10-in.||8/31/1923||Irresistible blues||Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Columbia||81513||10-in.||1/31/1924||Chicago blues||Clara Smith||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Columbia||81514||10-in.||1/31/1924||31st Street blues||Clara Smith||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Columbia||140108||10-in.||10/15/1924||Death letter blues||Clara Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Columbia||140109||10-in.||10/15/1924||Prescription for the blues||Clara Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio||instrumentalist, cornet|
|Decca||1406||10-in.||May 1923||Down-hearted blues||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||1413||10-in.||May 1923||Gulf coast blues||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Chambers, Elmer," accessed October 23, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100812.
Chambers, Elmer. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100812.
"Chambers, Elmer." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 23 October 2020.
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