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Frank Trumbauer

Orie Frank Trumbauer (May 30, 1901 – June 11, 1956) was one of the leading jazz saxophonists of the 1920s and 1930s. His main instrument was the C-melody saxophone, a now-uncommon instrument between an alto and tenor saxophone in size and pitch. He also played alto saxophone, bassoon, clarinet and several other instruments.

He was a composer of sophisticated sax melodies, one of the major small group jazz bandleaders of the 1920s and 1930s. His landmark recording of "Singin' the Blues" with Bix Beiderbecke and Eddie Lang in 1927, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1977. His major recordings included "Krazy Kat", "Red Hot", "Plantation Moods", "Trumbology", "Tailspin", "Singin' the Blues", "Wringin' an' Twistin'", and "For No Reason at All in C" with Bix Beiderbecke and Eddie Lang, and the first hit recording of "Georgia On My Mind" in 1931.

"Tram" was described as one of the most influential and important jazz saxophonists of the 1920s and 1930s, particularly influencing the sound of Lester Young. He is also remembered for his musical collaborations with Bix Beiderbecke, a relationship that produced some of the finest and most innovative jazz records of the late 1920s. Trumbauer and Beiderbecke also collaborated with jazz guitarist Eddie Lang.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 30th, 1901 (Carbondale), Died Kansas City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, C-melody saxophone, saxophone, composer, vocalist, songwriter, bassoon, alto saxophone, clarinet, arranger

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 163 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-41471 10-in. 1/28/1928 Back in your own back yard Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-41635 12-in. 1/21/1928 Together Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-41681 10-in. 2/8/1928 There ain't no sweet man that's worth the salt of my tears Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-41682 12-in. 2/8/1928 A shady tree Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo and recitation instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-41683 10-in. 2/9/1928 Dardanella Bix Beiderbecke ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-41684 10-in. 2/10/1928 Love nest Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-41688 10-in. 2/13/1928 Sunshine Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-41689 10-in. 2/13/1928 From Monday on Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-41690 12-in. 2/14/1928 Grand fantasia Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-41691 12-in. 2/14/1928 Grand fantasia Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-41692 12-in. 2/16/1928 Three shades of blue Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-41693 12-in. 2/16/1928 Three shades of blue Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-41696 10-in. 2/18/1928 Mississippi mud Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-43116 12-in. 2/27/1928 Chloe Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-43117 12-in. 2/28/1928 High water Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43118 10-in. 2/28/1928 Sugar Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43120 10-in. 2/29/1928 When you're with somebody else Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-43122 12-in. 3/1/1928 Ol' Man River Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra ; Paul Robeson Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus and soloist instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-43124 12-in. 3/2/1928 A study in blue Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43138 10-in. 3/12/1928 When Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43139 10-in. 3/12/1928 Down in old Havana town Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43140 10-in. 3/12/1928 I'm winging home (Like a bird that's on the wing) Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-43141 12-in. 3/13/1928 Metropolis Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-43142 12-in. 3/13/1928 Metropolis Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-43143 12-in. 3/14/1928 Metropolis Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
(Results 26-50 of 163 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Trumbauer, Frank," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104494.

Trumbauer, Frank. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104494.

"Trumbauer, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104494

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