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John Kirby

John Kirby (December 31, 1908 – June 14, 1952), was a jazz double-bassist who also played trombone and tuba. In addition to sideman work (prominently with Benny Goodman), Kirby is remembered for leading a successful chamber jazz sextet in the late 1930s and early 1940s, which scored several hit songs including "Loch Lomond" and the debut recording of "Undecided", a jazz standard.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 31st, 1908 (Winchester), Died Hollywood

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass, tuba, director, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 117 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-07792 10-in. 4/14/1937 Buzzin' 'round with the bee Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-07793 10-in. 4/14/1937 Whoa babe Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-07794 10-in. 4/14/1937 Stompology Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-07864 10-in. 4/26/1937 On the sunny side of the street Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-07865 10-in. 4/26/1937 Rhythm, rhythm Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-07866 10-in. 4/26/1937 China stomp Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-07867 10-in. 4/26/1937 I know that you know Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-030774 10-in. 12/29/1938 Pick-a-rib Benny Goodman Quintet Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-030775 10-in. 12/29/1938 Pick-a-rib Benny Goodman Quintet Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-030776 10-in. 12/29/1938 I cried for you Benny Goodman Quintet Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-030777 10-in. 12/29/1938 I know that you know (And you know that I know) Benny Goodman Quartet Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-031460 10-in. 1/13/1939 Rosetta Frankie Newton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-031461 10-in. 1/13/1939 Minor jive Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-031462 10-in. 1/13/1939 The world is waiting for the sunrise Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-031463 10-in. 1/13/1939 Who? Frankie Newton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-031464 10-in. 1/13/1939 The blues my baby gave to me Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-031465 10-in. 1/13/1939 Romping (Romping at Victor) Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-066895 10-in. 7/25/1941 Close shave John Kirby Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BS-066896 10-in. 7/25/1941 Bugler's dilemma John Kirby Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-066897 10-in. 7/25/1941 It's only a paper moon John Kirby Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-066898 10-in. 7/25/1941 Fifi's rhapsody John Kirby Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, composer  
Victor BS-067977 10-in. 10/7/1941 Night whispers John Kirby Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-067978 10-in. 10/7/1941 Tweed me John Kirby Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-067979 10-in. 10/7/1941 Move over John Kirby Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-067980 10-in. 10/7/1941 Wondering where Buster Bailey ; John Kirby Orchestra ; Russell Procope ; Charlie Shavers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 117 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kirby, John," accessed September 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105538.

Kirby, John. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105538.

"Kirby, John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 September 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105538

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