David Roy Eldridge (January 30, 1911 – February 26, 1989), nicknamed "Little Jazz", was an American jazz trumpet player. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, his virtuosic solos exhibiting a departure from the dominant style of jazz trumpet innovator Louis Armstrong, and his strong impact on Dizzy Gillespie mark him as one of the most influential musicians of the swing era and a precursor of bebop.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 30th, 1911 (Pittsburgh), Died February 26th, 1989 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1946
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist, arranger
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 50 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-100360||10-in.||4/9/1936||I'm a fool for loving you||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-100361||10-in.||4/9/1936||Moonrise on the lowlands||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-100362||10-in.||4/9/1936||I'll always be in love with you||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-100363||10-in.||4/9/1936||Jangled nerves||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-100561||10-in.||5/23/1936||Mary had a little lamb||Roy Eldridge ; Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-100882||10-in.||8/4/1936||Shoe shine boy||Roy Eldridge ; Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-100885||10-in.||8/4/1936||Knock, knock, who's there?||Ed Cuffee ; Roy Eldridge ; Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||vocalist|
|Gramophone||0LA1885||10-in.||7/7/1937||Between the devil and the deep blue sea||Dicky Wells Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||arranger|
|Decca||60270||10-in.||12/20/1935||Swingin' on the Famous Door||Delta Four||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60271||10-in.||12/20/1935||Farewell blues||Delta Four||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71794||2/23/1944||In there||Charlie Barnet Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71795||10-in.||2/23/1944||Saltin' away my sweet dreams||Charlie Barnet Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71796||10-in.||2/23/1944||Baby won't you please come home||Charlie Barnet Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71797||2/23/1944||The great lie||Charlie Barnet Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71798||10-in.||2/24/1944||My heart isn't in it||Charlie Barnet Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71799||10-in.||2/24/1944||Drop me off in Harlem||Charlie Barnet Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71800||10-in.||2/24/1944||Gulf Coast blues||Charlie Barnet Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71801||10-in.||2/24/1944||Flat top flip hiss lid||Charlie Barnet Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72297||10-in.||6/26/1944||I can't get started||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72298||10-in.||6/26/1944||After you've gone||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72299||10-in.||6/26/1944||Body and soul||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72430||10-in.||10/13/1944||Fish market||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72431||10-in.||10/13/1944||Twilight time||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72432||10/13/1944||St. Louis blues||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist|
|Decca||72756||10-in.||3/5/1945||Little Jazz boogie||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Eldridge, Roy," accessed October 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103162.
Eldridge, Roy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103162.
"Eldridge, Roy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 October 2021.
DAHR Persistent Identifier
Send the Editors a message about this record.