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

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  
Victor B-28211 10-in. 6/22/1923 Nickel in the slot Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-28212 10-in. 6/22/1923 Pickles Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-28270 10-in. 7/11/1923 Dusting the keys Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor B-30355 10-in. 7/3/1924 Mississippi shiver Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-30451 10-in. 7/1/1924 Greenwich witch Zez Confrey Piano solo composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-30452 10-in. 7/1/1924 Dizzy fingers Zez Confrey Piano solo composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-31437 10-in. 11/21/1924 Humorestless Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-31438 10-in. 11/21/1924 Charleston chuckles Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal effects composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-37523 10-in. 1/7/1927 Prudy Zez Confrey Orchestra [i.e., Victor Orchestra] Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BVE-38102 10-in. 2/22/1927 Dizzy fingers Max Kortlander Piano solo composer  
Victor BVE-39113 10-in. 8/25/1927 Polly Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BVE-39215 10-in. 6/3/1927 Dizzy fingers Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Victor BVE-49262 10-in. 12/17/1928 Jack in the box Zez Confrey Orchestra [i.e., Victor Orchestra] Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Victor BVE-49263 10-in. 12/17/1928 Jumping Jack Zez Confrey Orchestra [i.e., Victor Orchestra] Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BRC-72591 10-in. 5/17/1932 Buffoon Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-78572 10-in. 11/22/1933 Sittin' on a log (Pettin' my dog) Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-78856 10-in. 12/15/1933 Sittin' on a log (Pettin' my dog) Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-80273 10-in. 2/15/1934 Grandfather's clock Edgewater Beach Hotel Orchestra ; Harry Sosnik Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-034692 10-in. 5/22/1939 Buffoon Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-037741 10-in. 6/21/1939 Stumbling Van Alexander Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor [Trial 1921-08-26-01] 10-in. 8/26/1921 Kitten on the keys Zez Confrey Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Columbia 80290 10-in. 4/8/1922 Stumbling Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80337 10-in. 5/5/1922 Stumbling Frank Crumit Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80480 10-in. 7/29/1922 Kitten on the keys Jack Austin ; Frank E. Banta Piano duet composer  
Columbia 80484 10-in. 7/31/1922 Tricks Eddie Elkins' Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80664 10-in. 11/10/1922 Dumbell Happy Six Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80700 10-in. 12/4/1922 You tell 'em ivories Frank Westphal Piano solo composer  
Columbia 80707 10-in. 12/6/1922 Greenwich witch Frank Westphal Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80710 10-in. 12/7/1922 Coaxing the piano Frank Westphal Piano solo composer  
Columbia W140979 10-in. 9/17/1925 Dizzy fingers Art Kahn Piano solo composer  
Columbia W141653 10-in. 2/9/1926 Dizzy fingers Art Kahn Piano solo composer  
Columbia W144452 10-in. 7/9/1927 Jay walk Art Kahn Piano solo composer  
Columbia 145504 10-in. 1/11/1928 Jack in the box Arthur Schutt Piano solo composer  
Columbia W152542 10-in. 10/27/1933 Sittin' on a log (Pettin' my dog) Fran Frey and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh S-70583 10-in. Apr. 1922 Kitten on the keys Larry Briers ; Okeh Trio ; Harry Reser Instrumental trio composer  
OKeh S-70639 10-in. Apr. 1922 Stumbling Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70811 10-in. Aug. 1922 Tricks Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-71082 10-in. Dec. 1922 Dumbell Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-72024 10-in. 11/9/1923 Nickel in the slot Willie Eckstein Piano solo composer  
OKeh S-72379 10-in. Mar. 1924 Dizzy fingers Willie Eckstein Piano solo composer  
Brunswick 5061 10-in. approximately Feb. 1921 Kitten on the keys Zez Confrey Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick 5092 10-in. approximately Feb. 1921 My pet Zez Confrey Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick 5601 10-in. approximately May 1921 Poor buttermilk Zez Confrey Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick 5813 10-in. approximately June 1921 You tell 'em, ivories Zez Confrey Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick 5830 10-in. approximately June 1921 You tell 'em, ivories Zez Confrey Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick 6219 10-in. approximately Aug. 1921 Greenwich witch Zez Confrey Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick 7920 10-in. approximately Apr. 1922 Stumbling Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 9124 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Greenwich witch Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 6741-6742 10-in. approximately Nov. 1921 Coaxing the piano Zez Confrey Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick 7697-7699 10-in. approximately Mar. 1922 Kitten on the keys Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 8146-8148 10-in. approximately May 1922 Stumbling Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 8521-8523 10-in. approximately July 1922 Tricks Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 9230-9232 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Dumbell Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick DB66 10-in. 9/25/1928 Coaxing the piano W. Harris Piano solo composer  
Brunswick XE30582 12-in. 7/25/1929 Brunswick brevities [program and part unknown] Brunswick Salon Orchestra Radio transcription disc : Jazz/dance band, with accordion solo composer  
Brunswick E20006-E20007 10-in. 9/2/1926 Dizzy fingers Victor Arden ; Phil Ohman Piano duet, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E20110-E20112 10-in. 9/13/1926 Dizzy fingers Victor Arden ; Phil Ohman Piano duet, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E20315-E20317 10-in. 10/1/1926 Dizzy fingers Victor Arden ; Phil Ohman Piano duet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 8226 10-in. 9/23/1921 Kitten on the keys Zez Confrey Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Edison 8452 10-in. 5/16/1922 Stumbling Atlantic Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 8465 10-in. 5/25/1922 Stumbling Broadway Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 8572 10-in. 8/11/1922 Tricks Broadway Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 8686 10-in. 12/7/1922 Dumbell Broadway Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 8745 10-in. 7/21/1923 Greenwich witch Ernest L. Stevens Piano solo composer  
Edison 8748 10-in. 7/28/1923 My pet Ernest L. Stevens Piano solo composer  
Edison 11977 10-in. 10/22/1927 Dizzy fingers Magnante-Carlino-Lange Trio Cello, banjo, and accordion composer  
Arto [Arto Cat 9147A] 10-in. 5/4/1922 Stumbling Catalina Social Seven Jazz/dance band composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Confrey, Zez," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002.

Confrey, Zez. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002.

"Confrey, Zez." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

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

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