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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 51-75 of 163 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-43145 10-in. 3/15/1928 Lovable Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor CVE-43149 12-in. 3/17/1928 Metropolis Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43659 10-in. 4/21/1928 In my bouquet of memories Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43660 10-in. 4/21/1928 I'm afraid of you Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43661 10-in. 4/21/1928 My angel Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43662 10-in. 4/22/1928 My pet Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43663 10-in. 4/22/1928 It was the dawn of love Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43664 10-in. 4/22/1928 Dancing shadows Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43665 10-in. 4/22/1928 Forget-me-not Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43666 10-in. 4/23/1928 Dixie dawn Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43667 10-in. 4/23/1928 Louisiana Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43668 10-in. 4/24/1928 Grieving Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43669 10-in. 4/24/1928 Do I hear you saying (I love you) Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-43670 10-in. 4/25/1928 You took advantage of me Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BS-81061 10-in. 1/16/1934 G blues Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Frank Trumbauer Jazz/dance band, with saxophone solo composer, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-81716 10-in. 2/16/1934 Sun spots Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Frank Trumbauer Jazz/dance band, with saxophone solo composer, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-81717 10-in. 2/16/1934 The bouncing ball Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Frank Trumbauer Jazz/dance band, with saxophone solo composer, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-82319 10-in. 4/17/1934 Tail spin Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-84012 10-in. 8/18/1934 Itchola Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-86219 10-in. 11/20/1934 Blue moon Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-86220 10-in. 11/20/1934 Plantation moods Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, songwriter, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-86221 10-in. 11/20/1934 Down t' Uncle Bill's Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-86222 10-in. 11/20/1934 Troubled Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-94197 10-in. 9/7/1935 Announcer's blues Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-99447 10-in. 3/10/1936 I'se a muggin' Teagarden Boys ; Trumbauer Swing Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 51-75 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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