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Pee Wee Russell

Charles Ellsworth "Pee Wee" Russell (March 27, 1906 – February 15, 1969), was a jazz musician. Early in his career he played clarinet and saxophones, but he eventually focused solely on clarinet.

With a highly individualistic and spontaneous clarinet style that "defied classification", Russell began his career playing Dixieland jazz, but throughout his career incorporated elements of newer developments such as swing, bebop and free jazz. In the words of the poet Philip Larkin, "No one familiar with the characteristic excitement of his solos, their lurid, snuffling, asthmatic voicelessness, notes leant on till they split, and sudden passionate intensities, could deny the uniqueness of his contribution to jazz."

Birth and Death Data: Born March 27th, 1906 (Maplewood), Died February 15th, 1969 (Alexandria)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, tenor saxophone

Notes: Full name: Charles Ellsworth Russell

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 62 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-57145 10-in. 11/14/1929 Hello Lola Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57146 10-in. 11/14/1929 One hour Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-038291 10-in. 7/19/1939 I've found a new baby Bud Freeman ; Summa Cum Laude Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-038292 10-in. 7/19/1939 Easy to get Bud Freeman ; Summa Cum Laude Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-038293 10-in. 7/19/1939 China boy Bud Freeman ; Summa Cum Laude Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-038294 10-in. 7/19/1939 The eel Bud Freeman ; Summa Cum Laude Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W81413 10-in. 9/1/1927 My gal Sal Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W81415 10-in. 9/1/1927 The new twister Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 66072 10-in. 8/11/1939 There'll be some changes made Eddie Condon instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 66073 10-in. 8/11/1939 Nobody's sweetheart Eddie Condon instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 66074 10-in. 8/11/1939 Friar's point shuffle Eddie Condon instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 66075 10-in. 8/11/1939 Someday sweetheart Eddie Condon instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 66603 10-in. 9/18/1939 As long as I live Bud Freeman instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 66604 10-in. 9/18/1939 The sail fish Bud Freeman instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 66605 10-in. 9/18/1939 Sunday Bud Freeman instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 66606 10-in. 9/18/1939 Satanic blues Bud Freeman instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67391 10-in. 3/25/1940 Oh! Baby Bud Freeman and his Summa Cum Laude Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67392 10-in. 3/25/1940 I need some pettin' Bud Freeman and his Summa Cum Laude Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67393 10-in. 3/25/1940 Susie Bud Freeman and his Summa Cum Laude Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67394 10-in. 3/25/1940 Big boy Bud Freeman and his Summa Cum Laude Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67477 10-in. 4/4/1940 Sensation Bud Freeman instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67478 10-in. 4/4/1940 Fidgety feet Bud Freeman instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67479 10-in. 4/4/1940 Tia Juana Bud Freeman instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67480 10-in. 4/4/1940 Copenhagen Bud Freeman instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 68153 10-in. 9/26/1940 Gee, but I hate to go home alone Teddy Grace instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 1-25 of 62 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Russell, Pee Wee," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103181.

Russell, Pee Wee. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103181.

"Russell, Pee Wee." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103181

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