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Baby Dodds

Warren "Baby" Dodds (December 24, 1898 – February 14, 1959) was a jazz drummer born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is regarded as one of the best jazz drummers of the pre-big band era, and one of the most important early jazz drummers. He varied his drum patterns with accents and flourishes, and he generally kept the beat with the bass drum while playing buzz rolls on the snare. Some of his early influences included Louis Cottrell, Sr., Harry Zeno, Henry Martin, and Tubby Hall. Dodds was among the first drummers to be recorded who improvised while performing.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 24th, 1898 (New Orleans), Died February 14th, 1959 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums, washboard, traps

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-38627 10-in. 6/4/1927 Hyena stomp Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band, with laughing instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-38628 10-in. 6/4/1927 Billy goat stomp Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band, with goat imitations instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-38629 10-in. 6/4/1927 Wild man blues Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-38630 10-in. 6/4/1927 Jungle blues Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-38661 10-in. 6/10/1927 Beale Street blues Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-38662 10-in. 6/10/1927 The pearls Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-38663 10-in. 6/10/1927 Wolverine blues Jelly Roll Morton Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-38664 10-in. 6/10/1927 Mr. Jelly Lord Jelly Roll Morton Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-46063 10-in. 7/6/1928 Bucktown stomp Johnny Dodds Washboard Band Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, washboard  
Victor BVE-46064 10-in. 7/6/1928 Weary city Johnny Dodds Washboard Band Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, washboard  
Victor BVE-46065 10-in. 7/6/1928 Bull fiddle blues Johnny Dodds Washboard Band Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, washboard  
Victor BVE-46066 10-in. 7/6/1928 Blue washboard stomp Johnny Dodds Washboard Band Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, washboard  
Victor BVE-48797 10-in. 1/16/1929 Pencil papa Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-48798 10-in. 1/16/1929 Heah' me talkin' Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-48799 10-in. 1/16/1929 Goober dance Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-48800 10-in. 1/16/1929 Too tight Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-48841 10-in. 1/30/1929 Sweet Lorraine Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-48842 10-in. 1/30/1929 My little Isabel Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-053431 10-in. 9/6/1940 Blues in thirds New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-053432 10-in. 9/6/1940 Blues for you, Johnny Sidney Bechet ; Herb Jeffries ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet with male vocal solo (take 2: no vocal) instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-053433 10-in. 9/6/1940 Ain't misbehavin' Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-053434 10-in. 9/6/1940 Save it, pretty mama Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-053435 10-in. 9/6/1940 Stompy Jones Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, drums  
OKeh 8392 10-in. 6/22/1923 Sweet lovin' man King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
OKeh W81126 10-in. 5/13/1927 S.O.L. blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Seven Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dodds, Baby," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103281.

Dodds, Baby. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103281.

"Dodds, Baby." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103281

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