Joseph Nathan "King" Oliver (December 19, 1881 – April 10, 1938) was an American jazz cornet player and bandleader. He was particularly recognized for his playing style and his pioneering use of mutes in jazz. Also a notable composer, he wrote many tunes still played today, including "Dippermouth Blues", "Sweet Like This", "Canal Street Blues", and "Doctor Jazz". He was the mentor and teacher of Louis Armstrong. His influence was such that Armstrong claimed, "if it had not been for Joe Oliver, Jazz would not be what it is today."
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Birth and Death Data: Born December 19, 1881 (New Orleans), Died April 10, 1938 (Savannah)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, cornet, composer, trumpet, director, songwriter, arranger, trombone
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 160 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-34039||10-in.||12/17/1925||Sugar foot stomp||Fred Hamm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37257||10-in.||12/16/1926||Doctor Jazz stomp||Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-45624||10-in.||6/11/1928||Mournful serenade||Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48332||10-in.||2/1/1929||Easy goin'||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-48333||10-in.||2/1/1929||Call of the freaks||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-48334||10-in.||2/1/1929||The trumpet's prayer||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-49649||10-in.||1/16/1929||Freakish light blues||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-49650||10-in.||1/16/1929||West End blues||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director, composer|
|Victor||BVE-49651||10-in.||1/16/1929||I've got that thing||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BVE-50523||10-in.||2/25/1929||Can I tell you?||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-50524||10-in.||2/25/1929||Uncle Joe's stomp||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-50525||10-in.||2/25/1929||My good man Sam||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-50526||10-in.||2/25/1929||I can't be worried blues||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BRC-53066||10-in.||4/29/1931||Sugar foot stomp||Connie’s Inn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-56756||10-in.||10/8/1929||What you want me to do||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-56757||10-in.||10/8/1929||Sweet like this||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-56758||10-in.||10/8/1929||Too late||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-57527||10-in.||11/6/1929||I'm lonesome, sweetheart||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, director, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-57528||10-in.||11/6/1929||I want you just myself||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, director, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-57529||10-in.||11/6/1929||I can't stop loving you||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, director, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-57701||10-in.||11/18/1929||You don't understand||Jimmie Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-57702||10-in.||11/18/1929||You've got to be modernistic||Jimmie Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-58338||10-in.||12/30/1929||Everybody does it in Hawaii||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-58339||10-in.||12/30/1929||Frankie and Johnny||King Oliver Orchestra ; Roy Smeck||Jazz/dance band||director, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-58340||10-in.||12/30/1929||New Orleans shout||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, director, instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Oliver, King," accessed June 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.
Oliver, King. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.
"Oliver, King." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 June 2023.
DAHR Persistent Identifier
Wikipedia: King Oliver
Discogs: King Oliver
Allmusic: King Oliver
Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Oliver, King, 1885-1938 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n85031479
Wikidata: King Oliver - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q313368
MusicBrainz: King Oliver - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/744fa1ae-051c-463c-957a-25a4ddc01c2f
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