Johnny Dodds

Johnny Dodds (; April 12, 1892 – August 8, 1940) was an American jazz clarinetist and alto saxophonist based in New Orleans, best known for his recordings under his own name and with bands such as those of Joe "King" Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Lovie Austin and Louis Armstrong. Dodds (pronounced dots) was the older brother of the drummer Warren "Baby" Dodds, one of the first important jazz drummers. They worked together in the New Orleans Bootblacks in 1926. Dodds is an important figure in jazz history. He was the premier clarinetist of his era and, in recognition of his artistic contributions, he was posthumously inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame. He has been described as "a prime architect in the creation of the Jazz Age."

Birth and Death Data: Born April 12th, 1892 (New Orleans), Died August 8th, 1940 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, leader, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 111 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37226 10-in. 12/11/1926 House rent rag Dixieland Jug Blowers Jazz/dance band, with monologue instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-37227 10-in. 12/11/1926 Memphis shake Dixieland Jug Blowers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-37228 10-in. 12/11/1926 Carpet Alley breakdown Dixieland Jug Blowers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-37229 10-in. 12/11/1926 Hen party blues Dixieland Jug Blowers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-38627 10-in. 6/4/1927 Hyena stomp Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band, with laughing instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-38628 10-in. 6/4/1927 Billy goat stomp Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band, with goat imitations instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-38629 10-in. 6/4/1927 Wild man blues Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-38630 10-in. 6/4/1927 Jungle blues Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-38661 10-in. 6/10/1927 Beale Street blues Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-38662 10-in. 6/10/1927 The pearls Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-38663 10-in. 6/10/1927 Wolverine blues Jelly Roll Morton Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-38664 10-in. 6/10/1927 Mr. Jelly Lord Jelly Roll Morton Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-46055 10-in. 7/5/1928 Blue clarinet stomp Johnny Dodds' Trio Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet, composer, leader  
Victor BVE-46056 10-in. 7/5/1928 Blue piano stomp Johnny Dodds' Trio Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet, composer, leader  
Victor BVE-46063 10-in. 7/6/1928 Bucktown stomp Johnny Dodds Washboard Band Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet, composer, leader  
Victor BVE-46064 10-in. 7/6/1928 Weary city Johnny Dodds Washboard Band Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet, composer, leader  
Victor BVE-46065 10-in. 7/6/1928 Bull fiddle blues Johnny Dodds Washboard Band Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet, composer, leader  
Victor BVE-46066 10-in. 7/6/1928 Blue washboard stomp Johnny Dodds Washboard Band Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet, composer, leader  
Victor BVE-48797 10-in. 1/16/1929 Pencil papa Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BVE-48798 10-in. 1/16/1929 Heah' me talkin' Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BVE-48799 10-in. 1/16/1929 Goober dance Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BVE-48800 10-in. 1/16/1929 Too tight Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BVE-48841 10-in. 1/30/1929 Sweet Lorraine Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BVE-48842 10-in. 1/30/1929 My little Isabel Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BVE-48869 10-in. 2/7/1929 Indigo stomp Johnny Dodds' Trio Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet, composer, leader  
(Results 1-25 of 111 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dodds, Johnny," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103887.

Dodds, Johnny. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103887.

"Dodds, Johnny." 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/103887

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