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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 126-150 of 163 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W401133 10-in. 9/20/1928 Take your to-morrow (And give me to-day) Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with dialogue and male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
OKeh W401134 10-in. 9/20/1928 Love affairs Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
OKeh W401135 10-in. 9/20/1928 Sentimental baby Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
OKeh W401195 10-in. 10/5/1928 The love nest Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401196 10-in. 10/5/1928 The Japanese sandman Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401197 10-in. 10/5/1928 High up on a hill-top Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401198 10-in. 10/5/1928 Sentimental baby Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401703 10-in. 3/8/1929 Futuristic rhythm Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, saxophone, C-melody saxophone  
OKeh W401704 10-in. 3/8/1929 Raisin' the roof Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
OKeh W401809 10-in. 4/17/1929 Louise Smith Ballew ; Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401810 10-in. 4/17/1929 Wait 'till you see "ma cherie" Smith Ballew ; Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401811 10-in. 4/17/1929 Baby, won't you please come home? Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401840 10-in. 4/30/1929 No one can take your place Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401841 10-in. 4/30/1929 I like that Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401952 10-in. 5/21/1929 Nobody but you Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401953 10-in. 5/21/1929 Gotta feelin' for you Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401961 10-in. 5/22/1929 Shivery stomp Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W401962 10-in. 5/22/1929 Reaching for someone, and not finding anyone there Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W402963 10-in. 9/18/1929 Love ain't nothin' but the blues Smith Ballew ; Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W402964 10-in. 9/18/1929 How am I to know? Smith Ballew ; Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W403050 10-in. 10/10/1929 Turn on the heat Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W403051 10-in. 10/10/1929 Manhattan rag Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W403052 10-in. 10/10/1929 Sunnyside up Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W403068 10-in. 10/15/1929 Great day! Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W403078 10-in. 10/18/1929 Running ragged Joe Venuti's Blue Four Jazz/dance quartet composer, instrumentalist, bassoon, C-melody saxophone  
(Results 126-150 of 163 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Trumbauer, Frank," accessed October 23, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104494.

Trumbauer, Frank. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104494.

"Trumbauer, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 23 October 2020.

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