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 26-50 of 92 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 92 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Confrey, Zez," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002.

Confrey, Zez. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002.

"Confrey, Zez." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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

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