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Mezz Mezzrow

Milton Mesirow (November 9, 1899 – August 5, 1972), better known as Mezz Mezzrow, was an American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist from Chicago, Illinois. He is well known for organizing and financing historic recording sessions with Tommy Ladnier and Sidney Bechet. He also recorded a number of times with Bechet and briefly acted as manager for Louis Armstrong. Mezzrow is equally well remembered as a colorful character, as portrayed in his autobiography, Really the Blues (which takes its title from a Bechet composition), co-written with Bernard Wolfe and published in 1946.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 9th, 1899 (Chicago), Died Paris

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, leader, composer, tenor saxophone, songwriter, C-melody saxophone, traps, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-48345 10-in. 2/8/1929 I'm gonna stomp Mr. Henry Lee Eddie's Hot Shots Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone  
Victor BVE-48346 10-in. 2/8/1929 That's a serious thing Eddie's Hot Shots Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, C-melody saxophone, songwriter  
Victor BS-82392 10-in. 5/7/1934 Old fashioned love Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-82393 10-in. 5/7/1934 Apologies Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Victor BS-82394 10-in. 5/7/1934 Sendin' the vipers Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Victor BS-82395 10-in. 5/7/1934 35th and Calumet Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, songwriter  
Victor BS-84417 10-in. 9/28/1934 Serenade for a wealthy widow Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-84418 10-in. 9/28/1934 How can you face me? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-84419 10-in. 9/28/1934 Sweetie pie Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-84420 10-in. 9/28/1934 Mandy Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-84421 10-in. 9/28/1934 Let's pretend there's a moon Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-84422 10-in. 9/28/1934 You're not the only oyster In the stew Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-99772 10-in. 3/12/1936 A melody from the sky Mezz Mezzrow Swing Band ; Lucille Steward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-99773 10-in. 3/12/1936 Lost Mezz Mezzrow Swing Band Jazz/dance band (take 1); with female vocal solo (take 2) leader  
Victor BS-99774 10-in. 3/12/1936 Mutiny in the parlor Mezz Mezzrow Swing Band Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-99775 10-in. 3/12/1936 The panic is on Mezz Mezzrow Swing Band Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-99776 10-in. 3/12/1936 I'se a-muggin' Mezz Mezzrow Swing Band ; Willie Smith Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble leader  
Victor BS-99777 10-in. 3/12/1936 I'se a-muggin' Mezz Mezzrow Swing Band ; Willie Smith Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble leader  
Victor BS-07792 10-in. 4/14/1937 Buzzin' 'round with the bee Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-07793 10-in. 4/14/1937 Whoa babe Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-07794 10-in. 4/14/1937 Stompology Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-010569 10-in. 6/14/1937 Blues in disguise Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Victor BS-010570 10-in. 6/14/1937 That is how I feel today Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Victor BS-010571 10-in. 6/14/1937 Hot Club stomp Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Victor BS-010572 10-in. 6/14/1937 The swing session's called to order Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mezzrow, Mezz," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105289.

Mezzrow, Mezz. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105289.

"Mezzrow, Mezz." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105289

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