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Don Albert

For the architect, see Don Albert & Partners.

Albert Anité Dominique, better known by his stage name Don Albert (August 5, 1908, New Orleans - March 4, 1980, San Antonio, Texas) was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.

Albert's uncle was Natty Dominique, and he was also a relative of Barney Bigard. He got his start playing in parade brass bands in New Orleans at the beginning of the 1920s. He toured with the territory band of Alphonse Trent through the Southwest United States in 1925, then played with Troy Floyd at the Shadowland Ballroom in San Antonio from 1926 to 1929.

Albert led his own territory bands out of Texas in the 1930s and 1940s, with sidemen that included Alvin Alcorn, Louis Cottrell, Jr., and Herb Hall. After 1932 he acted more in a manager's capacity than as a performer. His bands played in Mexico, Canada, and New York City in 1937 and won rave reviews from newspapers, but the band only recorded eight sides for Vocalion Records. He disbanded this group around 1939 due to economic conditions, and found work in civil service and managing a nightclub in San Antonio in the early and mid-1940s; his club was shut down in 1948 by local authorities. He led a group at the Palace Theater in New York in 1949.

In the 1950s he returned to active performance, playing in small groups in the 1950s through the 1970s. He played with Buddy Tate in New York in 1966 and at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 1969.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1908 (New Orleans), Died 1980 (San Antonio)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, leader

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MVE-46723 16-in. 8/6/1928 Excess baggage Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-46724 16-in. 8/6/1928 Excess baggage Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46725 16-in. 8/6/1928 Excess baggage Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46726 16-in. 8/6/1928 Excess baggage Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus (take 1A); with whistling (takes 2A-3A) director  
Victor MVE-46727 16-in. 8/7/1928 Excess baggage Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with female vocal solo and mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46728 16-in. 8/8/1928 Excess baggage Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-46729 16-in. 8/8/1928 Excess baggage Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-46730 16-in. 8/8/1928 Excess baggage Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-46734 16-in. 8/9/1928 The ol' gray hoss Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46753 16-in. 8/10/1928 The ol' gray hoss Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46754 16-in. 8/10/1928 School begins Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46755 16-in. 8/10/1928 School begins Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46757 16-in. 8/11/1928 Imagine my embarrassment Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with vocal solo and hand clapping director  
Victor MVE-46758 16-in. 8/11/1928 Imagine my embarrassment Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with hand clapping director  
Brunswick C2294 10-in. 9/5/1928 Celos Genaro Veiga Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director  
Brunswick C2295 10-in. 9/5/1928 Payaso Genaro Veiga Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director  
Brunswick E28590 10-in. 11/1/1928 Caballo criollo Los Argentinos Jazz/dance band director  
Brunswick E28591 10-in. 11/1/1928 Conchita Los Argentinos Jazz/dance band director  
Brunswick E28592 10-in. 11/1/1928 Huye ladron Los Argentinos Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E28593 10-in. 11/1/1928 Ya no me importa José Moriche Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E28817 10-in. 11/19/1928 Hurame Los Argentinos Jazz/dance band director  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Albert, Don," accessed November 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105518.

Albert, Don. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105518.

"Albert, Don." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105518

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