Joe Robichaux

Joseph Robichaux (March 8, 1900, New Orleans – January 17, 1965, New Orleans) was an American jazz pianist. He was the nephew of John Robichaux.

Robichaux was born in New Orleans and played piano from a young age and studied at New Orleans University. After working in the O.J. Beatty Carnival, he played with Tig Chambers briefly in 1918. He then returned to New Orleans and played with Oscar Celestin, Earl Humphrey, Lee Collins, and The Black Eagles (1922–23).

He arranged for the Jones-Collins Astoria Hot Eight in 1929 and also recorded with them; he also accompanied Christina Gray on record that year. In 1931 he formed his own ensemble, which featured Eugene Ware on trumpet, Alfred Guichard on clarinet and alto saxophone, Gene Porter on tenor sax, and Ward Crosby on drums.

They journeyed to New York City to record for Vocalion in August 1933, laying down 22 mostly stomping, uptempo sides and two alternate takes in a marathon 5 day recording schedule. Vocalion issued 10 records over the next year and 2 tracks with Chick Bullock vocals were issued under his name on Banner, Domino, Oriole, Perfect, and Romeo.

Problems with the musicians' union in New York prevented them from being able to play live there, and they returned to New Orleans not long after recording. Robichaux expanded the size of his ensemble over the course of the 1930s; Earl Bostic was among those who joined its ranks. They toured Cuba in the mid-1930s.

The band also recorded for Decca Records in 1936, recording 4 sides in New Orleans, but unfortunately they were all rejected.

In 1939 Robichaux's ensemble disbanded, and he found work performing solo, mostly in New Orleans. He recorded as an accompanist on R&B recordings in the 1950s, and played with Lizzie Miles.

Late in his life he played with George Lewis (1957–64) and Peter Bocage (1962); he also performed at Preservation Hall.

He died of a heart attack at the age of 64 in 1965.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 8th, 1900 (New Orleans), Died January 17th, 1965 (New Orleans)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, leader, composer, lyricist

Notes: Sometimes listed as Joe Robicheaux.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-56534 10-in. 11/15/1929 Astoria strut Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-56535 10-in. 11/15/1929 Duet stomp Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-56536 10-in. 11/15/1929 Damp weather Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-56537 10-in. 11/15/1929 Tip easy blues Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W403404 10-in. 12/13/1929 Dirty mistreater blues Christina Gray Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W403405 10-in. 12/13/1929 Window showcase shopping blues Christina Gray Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W403406 10-in. 12/13/1929 The reverend is my man Christina Gray Monologue, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W403407 10-in. 12/13/1929 Just like you walked in, you can walk out Christina Gray Dialogue and female-male vocal duet, with piano lyricist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Decca 60838 10-in. 3/20/1936 When the sun goes down Joseph Robechaux and his New Orleans Rhythm Boys leader  
Decca 60839 10-in. 3/20/1936 You were meant for love Joseph Robechaux and his New Orleans Rhythm Boys leader  
Decca 60840 10-in. 3/20/1936 Head stuff Joseph Robechaux and his New Orleans Rhythm Boys leader  
Decca 60841 10-in. 3/20/1936 Don't let old age creep up on you Joseph Robechaux and his New Orleans Rhythm Boys leader  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Robichaux, Joe," accessed December 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103664.

Robichaux, Joe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103664.

"Robichaux, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 December 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103664

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