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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 remembered for organizing and financing recording sessions with Tommy Ladnier and Sidney Bechet. He recorded with Bechet as well and briefly acted as manager for Louis Armstrong. Mezzrow is equally known 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 November 9, 1899 (Chicago), Died August 5, 1972 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1946

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

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

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 songwriter, leader  
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  
Victor BS-028988 10-in. 11/21/1938 Revolutionary blues Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-028989 10-in. 11/21/1938 Comin' on with the come on Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader, composer  
Victor BS-028990 10-in. 11/21/1938 Comin' on with the come on Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader, composer  
Victor BS-028991 10-in. 11/21/1938 Swingin' for "Mezz" Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader, composer  
Victor BS-030318 10-in. 11/28/1938 Ja-da Tommy Ladnier Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-030319 10-in. 11/28/1938 Really the blues Tommy Ladnier Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Victor BS-030320 10-in. 11/28/1938 When you and I were young, Maggie Tommy Ladnier Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, arranger  
Victor BS-030321 10-in. 11/28/1938 Weary blues Tommy Ladnier Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-030450 10-in. 12/19/1938 Royal Garden blues Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BS-030451 10-in. 12/19/1938 Everybody loves my baby Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BS-030452 10-in. 12/19/1938 Ain't gonna give nobody none of my jelly-roll Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BS-030453 10-in. 12/19/1938 If you see me comin' Teddy Bunn ; Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BS-030454 10-in. 12/19/1938 Gettin' together Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BS-031460 10-in. 1/13/1939 Rosetta Frankie Newton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031461 10-in. 1/13/1939 Minor jive Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Victor BS-031462 10-in. 1/13/1939 The world is waiting for the sunrise Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031463 10-in. 1/13/1939 Who? Frankie Newton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031464 10-in. 1/13/1939 The blues my baby gave to me Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Victor BS-031465 10-in. 1/13/1939 Romping (Romping at Victor) Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Victor D6VB-2792 10-in. 9/5/1946 Epistrophy 52nd Street Boys ; Kenny Clarke Jazz/dance ensemble session supervisor  
Victor D6VB-2795 10-in. 9/5/1946 Royal roost 52nd Street Boys ; Kenny Clarke Jazz/dance ensemble session supervisor  
OKeh W82082 10-in. 12/16/1927 Nobody's sweetheart McKenzie and Condon's Chicagoans Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
OKeh W82083 10-in. 12/16/1927 Liza McKenzie and Condon's Chicagoans Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Decca 64970 10-in. 2/1/1939 I'm tired of fattenin' frogs for snakes Rosetta Crawford instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 64971 10-in. 2/1/1939 Stop it Joe Rosetta Crawford instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 64972 10-in. 2/1/1939 My man jumped salty on me Rosetta Crawford instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 64973 10-in. 2/1/1939 Double crossin' Papa Rosetta Crawford instrumentalist, clarinet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mezzrow, Mezz," accessed July 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105289.

Mezzrow, Mezz. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105289.

"Mezzrow, Mezz." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 July 2024.

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

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