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 76-92 of 92 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Confrey, Zez," accessed October 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002.
Confrey, Zez. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104002.
"Confrey, Zez." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 October 2021.
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