Zez Confrey

Edward Elzear "Zez" Confrey (April 3, 1895 – November 22, 1971) was an American composer and performer of novelty piano and jazz music. His most noted works were "Kitten on the Keys" and "Dizzy Fingers." Studying at the Chicago Musical College and becoming enthralled by French impressionists played a critical role in how he composed and performed music.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 3rd, 1895 (Peru), Died November 22nd, 1971 (Lakewood Township)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1939

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

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 92 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-26259 10-in. 3/20/1922 Kitten on the keys Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, composer, leader  
Victor BVE-26259 10-in. 6/3/1927 Kitten on the keys Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Victor B-26282 10-in. 3/30/1922 Stumbling Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-26322 10-in. 4/27/1922 I love her, she loves me Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-26490 10-in. 5/25/1922 Stumbling Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-26656 10-in. 6/29/1922 Are you playing fair? Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-26657 10-in. 6/29/1922 Struttin' at the strutter's ball Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-26705 10-in. 7/25/1922 Tricks Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-26742 10-in. 8/30/1922 Zenda Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-26743 10-in. 8/30/1922 I'm goin' to plant myself in my old plantation home Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-26791 10-in. 9/22/1922 Cow bells Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-26792 10-in. 9/22/1922 True blue Sam (The traveling man) Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-26955 10-in. 10/13/1922 All muddled up Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-27133 10-in. 11/10/1922 Open your arms my Alabamy Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-27134 10-in. 11/10/1922 The fuzzy wuzzy bird Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-27259 10-in. 12/26/1922 Dumbell Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-27260 10-in. 12/26/1922 When all your castles come tumbling down Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-27447 10-in. 2/1/1923 Some little someone Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-27448 10-in. 2/1/1923 Sunny Jim Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-27653 10-in. 3/14/1923 Liza Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-27654 10-in. 3/14/1923 New Hampshire Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-27820 10-in. 4/12/1923 Wet yo' thumb Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-27821 10-in. 4/12/1923 Morning will come Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-28007 10-in. 5/15/1923 Oh! Harold! Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-28008 10-in. 5/15/1923 Rosetime and you Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 92 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Confrey, Zez," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002.

Confrey, Zez. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002.

"Confrey, Zez." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002

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