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 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  
(Results 76-92 of 92 records)

Citation

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

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