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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 151-163 of 163 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W403079 10-in. 10/18/1929 Apple blossoms Joe Venuti's Blue Four Jazz/dance quartet composer, instrumentalist, bassoon, C-melody saxophone  
OKeh W403082 10-in. 10/19/1929 My sweeter than sweet Smith Ballew ; Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W403083 10-in. 10/19/1929 What wouldn't I do for that man! Smith Ballew ; Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W404007 10-in. 5/8/1930 Happy feet Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W404008 10-in. 5/8/1930 I like to do things for you Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W404009 10-in. 5/9/1930 Get happy Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W404010 10-in. 5/9/1930 Deep Harlem Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W404268 10-in. 7/22/1930 What's the use? Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W404269 10-in. 7/22/1930 Hittin' the bottle Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
OKeh W404433 10-in. 9/8/1930 Bye bye blues Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W404434 10-in. 9/8/1930 Choo-choo Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick 13491-13493 10-in. 7/9/1924 Barb wire blues Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 103Ch-105Ch; 114Ch 10-in. 3/14/1924 Red hot! Mound City Blue Blowers Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 151-163 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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