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King Oliver

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."

Birth and Death Data: Born December 19th, 1881 (New Orleans), Died Savannah

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, cornet, composer, electric organ, director, songwriter, arranger, trombone

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 149 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick C4472 10-in. 5/1/1930 Snag it Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick C195-C196 10-in. 4/21/1926 Deep Henderson Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C225-C227 10-in. 4/23/1926 Jackass blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Brunswick C369-C370 10-in. 5/29/1926 Sugar foot stomp Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C371-C372 10-in. 5/29/1926 Wa wa wa Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C373-C374 10-in. 5/29/1926 The hobo’s prayer Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C532-C533 10-in. 7/23/1926 Tack Annie Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C656-C657 10-in. 9/17/1926 Someday sweetheart Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C658-C659 10-in. 9/17/1926 Dead man blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C660-C661 10-in. 9/17/1926 New wang wang blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C662-C663 10-in. 9/17/1926 Snag it Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C800-C802 10-in. 4/22/1927 Doctor Jazz Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C803-C805 10-in. 4/22/1927 Showboat shuffle Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C806-C807 10-in. 4/22/1927 Every tub Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C808-C809 10-in. 4/22/1927 Willie, the weeper Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C834-C836 10-in. 4/27/1927 Black snake blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27684 10-in. 6/11/1928 Tin roof blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27685 10-in. 6/11/1928 West End blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick E27686 10-in. 6/11/1928 Sweet Emmalina Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E27687 10-in. 6/11/1928 Lazy mama Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E28055 10-in. 8/13/1928 Got everything (Don't want anything but you) Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E28056 10-in. 8/13/1928 Four or five times Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take G) leader  
Brunswick E28185 10-in. 9/10/1928 Speakeasy blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band arranger, leader, composer  
Brunswick E28186 10-in. 9/10/1928 Aunt Hagar’s blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band arranger, leader  
Brunswick E28203 10-in. 9/12/1928 I’m watching the clock Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
(Results 101-125 of 149 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Oliver, King," accessed October 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

Oliver, King. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

"Oliver, King." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809

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