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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 (Results 26-50 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 52 records)

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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