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 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 12, 1892 (New Orleans), Died August 8, 1940 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, leader, composer

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

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  
Victor BVE-48870 10-in. 2/7/1929 I'm a mighty tight woman Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-48871 10-in. 2/7/1929 Ain't nobody home but me Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-49863 10-in. 2/7/1929 Clarinetski Johnny Dodds' Trio Jazz/dance instrumental trio instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Columbia W142426 10-in. 7/13/1926 Perdido Street blues New Orleans Wanderers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 8392 10-in. 6/22/1923 Sweet lovin' man King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9471 10-in. 11/11/1925 Gambler's dream Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9472 10-in. 11/11/1925 Sunshine baby Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9473 10-in. 11/11/1925 Adam and Eve had the blues Louis Armstrong's Jazz Four ; Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9474 10-in. 11/11/1925 Put it where I can get it Louis Armstrong's Jazz Four ; Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9475 10-in. 11/11/1925 Wash woman blues Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9476 10-in. 11/11/1925 I've stopped my man Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9484 10-in. 11/12/1925 My heart Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9485 10-in. 11/12/1925 Yes! I'm in the barrel Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9486 10-in. 11/12/1925 Gut bucket blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9501 Not documented 2/22/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9502 Not documented 2/22/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9503 10-in. 2/22/1926 Come back, sweet papa Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9533 10-in. 2/26/1926 Georgia grind Lil Hardin Armstrong ; Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9534 10-in. 2/26/1926 Heebie jeebies Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9535 10-in. 2/26/1926 Cornet chop suey Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9536 10-in. 2/26/1926 Oriental strut Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9537 10-in. 2/26/1926 You're next Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9538 10-in. 2/26/1926 Muskrat ramble Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9729 10-in. 6/16/1926 Don't forget to mess around Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9730 10-in. 6/16/1926 I'm gonna gitcha Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9731 10-in. 6/16/1926 Dropping shucks Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9732 10-in. 6/16/1926 Who'sit Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9750 10-in. 6/18/1926 He likes it slow Louis Armstrong ; Butterbeans & Susie ; Hot Five Female-male vocal duet, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9776 10-in. 6/23/1926 The king of the Zulus (At a chit'lin' rag) Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with dialogue instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9777 10-in. 6/23/1926 Big fat Ma and skinny Pa Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo and talk instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9778 10-in. 6/23/1926 Lonesome blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9779 10-in. 6/23/1926 Sweet little papa Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9890 10-in. 11/16/1926 Jazz lips Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9891 10-in. 11/16/1926 Skid-dat-de-dat Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9892 10-in. 11/16/1926 Big butter and egg man from the West May Alix ; Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9893 10-in. 11/16/1926 Sunset Cafe stomp May Alix ; Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9980 10-in. 11/27/1926 You made me love you Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9981 10-in. 11/27/1926 Irish black bottom Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh 9982 10-in. 11/27/1926 Leave mine alone Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W81126 10-in. 5/13/1927 S.O.L. blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Seven Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W81302 10-in. 9/2/1927 Put 'em down blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Seven Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W81310 10-in. 9/2/1927 Ory's Creole trombone Louis Armstrong ; Hot Seven Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W81317 10-in. 9/6/1927 The last time Louis Armstrong ; Hot Seven Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W82000 10-in. 12/2/1927 Ballin' the jack Chicago Footwarmers Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W82001 10-in. 12/2/1927 Grandma's ball Chicago Footwarmers Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W82037 10-in. 12/9/1927 Struttin' with some barbecue Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W82038 10-in. 12/9/1927 Got no blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W82039 10-in. 12/10/1927 Once in awhile Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W82040 10-in. 12/10/1927 I'm not rough Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance quintet, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W82055 10-in. 12/13/1927 Hotter than that Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W82056 10-in. 12/13/1927 Savoy blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W82076 10-in. 12/15/1927 My baby Chicago Footwarmers Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W82077 10-in. 12/15/1927 Oriental man Chicago Footwarmers Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400977 10-in. 7/2/1928 Get 'em again blues Chicago Footwarmers ; Johnny Dodds Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400978 10-in. 7/2/1928 Brush stomp Chicago Footwarmers Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400979 10-in. 7/2/1928 My girl Chicago Footwarmers ; Johnny Dodds Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400986 10-in. 7/3/1928 Sweep 'em clean Chicago Footwarmers Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400987 10-in. 7/3/1928 Lady love Chicago Footwarmers Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400988 10-in. 7/3/1928 Brown Bottom Bess Chicago Footwarmers Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick C3936 10-in. 7/24/1929 Forty and tight Beale Street Washboard Band Jazz/dance ensemble leader  
Brunswick C3937 10-in. 7/24/1929 Piggly wiggly Beale Street Washboard Band Jazz/dance ensemble leader  
Brunswick C775-C776 10-in. 4/21/1927 San Johnny Dodds Clarinet solo, with piano and guitar instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick C777-C778 10-in. 4/21/1927 Oh Lizzie (A lover's lament) Johnny Dodds Clarinet solo, with piano and guitar instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick C779-C780 10-in. 4/21/1927 The new St. Louis blues Johnny Dodds Clarinet solo, with piano and guitar instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick C781-C782 10-in. 4/21/1927 Clarinet wobble Johnny Dodds Clarinet solo, with piano and guitar composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick C783-C784 10-in. 4/21/1927 Easy come easy go blues Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards Instrumental quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick C785-C786 10-in. 4/21/1927 The blues stampede Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards Instrumental quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick C787-C788 10-in. 4/21/1927 I’m goin’ huntin’ Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards Instrumental quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick C789-C790 10-in. 4/21/1927 If you want to be my sugar papa (You gotta be sweet to me) Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards Instrumental quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick C791-C793 10-in. 4/22/1927 Weary blues Black Bottom Stompers ; Johnny Dodds Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C794-C795 10-in. 4/22/1927 New Orleans stomp Black Bottom Stompers ; Johnny Dodds Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C796-C797 10-in. 4/22/1927 Wild man blues Black Bottom Stompers ; Johnny Dodds Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C798-C799 10-in. 4/22/1927 Melancholy Black Bottom Stompers ; Johnny Dodds Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C1237-C1238 10-in. 10/7/1927 Come on and stomp stomp stomp Black Bottom Stompers ; Johnny Dodds Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C1239-C1241 10-in. 10/7/1927 After you’ve gone Black Bottom Stompers ; Johnny Dodds Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C1242-C1243 10-in. 10/7/1927 Joe Turner blues Black Bottom Stompers ; Johnny Dodds Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C1244-C1245 10-in. 10/7/1927 When Erastus plays his old kazoo Black Bottom Stompers ; Johnny Dodds Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick KC592 10-in. Nov. 1929 Blue clarinet stomp Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Gennett 11383 10-in. 4/6/1923 Just gone King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11384 10-in. 4/6/1923 Canal Street blues King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11385 10-in. 4/6/1923 Mandy Lee blues King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11386 10-in. 4/6/1923 I'm going away to wear you off my mind King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11387 10-in. 4/6/1923 Chimes blues King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11388 10-in. 4/6/1923 Weather bird rag King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11389 10-in. 4/6/1923 Sugar foot stomp King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11390 10-in. 4/6/1923 Froggie Moore King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11391 10-in. 4/6/1923 Snake rag King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11632 10-in. 10/5/1923 When you leave me alone to pine King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11633 10-in. 10/5/1923 Alligator hop King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11634 10-in. 10/5/1923 That sweet something dear King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11635 10-in. 10/5/1923 Zulu's Ball King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11636 10-in. 10/5/1923 Working man blues King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11637 10-in. 10/5/1923 Someday, sweetheart King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11638 10-in. 10/5/1923 Krooked blues King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 11639 10-in. 10/5/1923 If you want my heart (You got to 'low it, babe) King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 12600 10-in. 2/23/1927 Dixieland stomp Melrose Dixieland Thumpers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 12611 10-in. 2/28/1927 Goo goo blues Melrose Dixieland Thumpers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 12612 10-in. 2/28/1927 Sweetness Melrose Dixieland Thumpers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 12613 10-in. 2/28/1927 47th Street stomp Melrose Dixieland Thumpers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 12614 10-in. 2/28/1927 Cootie stomp Melrose Dixieland Thumpers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 12989 10-in. 8/12/1927 There'll come a day Blythe's Blue Boys Instrumental quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 12990 10-in. 8/12/1927 The weary way blues Blythe's Blue Boys Instrumental quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 12991 10-in. 8/12/1927 Cootie stomp Blythe's Blue Boys Instrumental quartet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 13529 10-in. 3/8/1928 My baby State Street Ramblers [Blythe's Blue Boys] Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 13530 10-in. 3/8/1928 Pleasure mad State Street Ramblers [Blythe's Blue Boys] Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Gennett 13531 10-in. 3/8/1928 Oriental man State Street Ramblers Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 63189 10-in. 1/21/1938 Wild man blues Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 63190 10-in. 1/21/1938 Melancholy Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 63191 10-in. 1/21/1938 29th and Dearborn Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 63192 10-in. 1/21/1938 Blues galore Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 63193 10-in. 1/21/1938 Stack O'Lee blues Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 63194 10-in. 1/21/1938 Shake your can Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 93032 10-in. 6/5/1940 Red onion blues Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 93033 10-in. 6/5/1940 Gravier Street blues Johnny Dodds’ Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 20240 10-in. December 1927 Oriental man Dixieland Thumpers instrumentalist, clarinet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dodds, Johnny," accessed June 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103887.

Dodds, Johnny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103887.

"Dodds, Johnny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 June 2024.

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