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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 126-149 of 149 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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 E6806-E6807 10-in. 11/18/1927 Farewell blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E23879-E23880 10-in. 7/8/1927 Aunt Jemina Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Edison 19326 10-in. 7/30/1929 West End blues Eva Taylor ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Edison N-1050 10-in. 7/31/1929 West End blues Eva Taylor ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Decca C 226 (E 2914) 10-in. 4/23/1926 Jackass blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Decca C 533 (E 3556) 10-in. 7/23/1926 Tack Annie Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Decca C 657 (E 3843/E 20252) 10-in. 9/17/1926 Someday sweetheart Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Decca C 659 (E 3845/E 20254) 10-in. 9/17/1926 Dead man blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver instrumentalist, cornet, leader  
Vocalion E2632-E2633 10-in. 3/11/1926 Too bad King Oliver's Jazz Band Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E2634-E2635 10-in. 3/11/1926 Snag it King Oliver’s Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Vocalion E6212-E6214 10-in. 7/15/1927 Doctor Jazz Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, arranger, composer  
Vocalion E6655-E6657 10-in. 10/13/1927 Sobbin’ blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E6658-E6660 10-in. 10/13/1927 Tin roof blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E6667-E6668 10-in. 10/14/1927 Aunt Hagar’s blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E6669-E6670 10-in. 10/14/1927 Farewell blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion [E6669-E6670a] 10/14/1927 Stack O’Lee blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E6808-E6809 10-in. 11/18/1927 Tin roof blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E6810-E6811 10-in. 11/18/1927 Sobbin’ blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E7172-E7173 10-in. 2/25/1928 Tin roof blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E7174-E7175 10-in. 2/25/1928 Aunt Hagar’s blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader  
Vocalion E7184-E7185 10-in. 3/3/1928 Who threw that rug Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Vocalion E7186-E7187 10-in. 3/3/1928 Crab house blues Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
(Results 126-149 of 149 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Oliver, King," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

Oliver, King. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104809.

"Oliver, King." 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/104809

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