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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 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 101-125 of 160 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W401843 10-in. 5/1/1929 Blue blood blues Blind Willie Dunn ; Gin Bottle Four Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
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  
Brunswick E28204 10-in. 9/12/1928 Janitor Sam Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick E28757 10-in. 11/14/1928 Slow and steady Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band arranger, leader, songwriter  
Brunswick E35910 10-in. 1/9/1931 Papa-de-da-da King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio leader  
Brunswick E35911 10-in. 1/9/1931 Who’s blue Savannah Syncopators [King Oliver's Orchestra] Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E35912 10-in. 1/9/1931 Stop crying King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick E36101 10-in. 2/18/1931 Where that Old Man River flows King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E36102 10-in. 2/18/1931 Sugar blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E36103 10-in. 2/18/1931 I’m crazy ‘bout my baby (And my baby’s crazy ‘bout me) King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E36455 10-in. 4/10/1931 Sugar foot stomp Connie’s Inn Orchestra [Fletcher Henderson Orchestra] Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E6212-E6214 10-in. 7/15/1927 Doctor Jazz Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, arranger, composer  
Brunswick E6655-E6657 10-in. 10/13/1927 Sobbin’ blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E6658-E6660 10-in. 10/13/1927 Tin roof blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E6667-E6668 10-in. 10/14/1927 Aunt Hagar’s blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E6669-E6670 10-in. 10/14/1927 Farewell blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick [E6669-E6670a] 10/14/1927 Stack O’Lee blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
(Results 101-125 of 160 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Oliver, King," accessed May 28, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

Oliver, King. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 28, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

"Oliver, King." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 May 2022.

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

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