Pee Wee Russell
Charles Ellsworth "Pee Wee" Russell (March 27, 1906 – February 15, 1969), was an American 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 traditional jazz, but throughout his career incorporated elements of newer developments such as swing, bebop and free jazz. Writing in 1961, the poet Philip Larkin commented: "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 27, 1906 (Maplewood), Died February 15, 1969 (Alexandria)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1958
Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, tenor saxophone
Notes: Full name: Charles Ellsworth Russell
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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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Russell, Pee Wee," accessed October 3, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103181.
Russell, Pee Wee. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 3, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103181.
"Russell, Pee Wee." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 October 2023.
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