Zez Confrey

Edward Elzear "Zez" Confrey (3 April 1895 – 22 November 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 3, 1895 (Peru), Died November 22, 1971 (Lakewood Township)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1947

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

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 95 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 D7FB-1797 10-in. 10/23/1947 Dizzy fingers Henri René Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D7VB-1912 10-in. 10/24/1947 Dizzy fingers Three Suns Instrumental trio composer  
Victor D7VB-1927 10-in. 10/25/1947 Stumbling Three Suns Instrumental trio 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  
(Results 26-50 of 95 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Confrey, Zez," accessed June 17, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002.

Confrey, Zez. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 17, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002.

"Confrey, Zez." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 17 June 2024.

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

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