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Eva Jessye

Eva Jessye (January 20, 1895 – February 21, 1992) was an American conductor who was the first black woman to receive international distinction as a professional choral conductor. She is notable as a choral conductor during the Harlem Renaissance. She created her own choral group which featured widely in performance. Her professional influence extended for decades through her teaching as well. Her accomplishments in this field were historic for any woman. She collaborated in productions of groundbreaking works, directing her choir and working with Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein on Four Saints in Three Acts (1933), and serving as musical director with George Gershwin on his innovative opera Porgy and Bess (1935).

Birth and Death Data: Born January 20, 1895 (Coffeyville), Died February 21, 1992 (Ann Arbor)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, director, composer

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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
Columbia W149144 10-in. 10/15/1929 Po' mourner Four Dusty Travelers Male vocal quartet, with piano director  
Columbia W149145 10-in. 10/15/1929 Me an' mah pardner Four Dusty Travelers Male vocal quartet, with piano director  
Columbia W149656 10-in. 11/29/1929 March down to Jordan Four Dusty Travelers Male vocal quartet, with piano director, composer  
Columbia W150011 10-in. 2/24/1930 Adam and Eve (In the garden) Aunt Mandy's Chillun Mixed vocal ensemble arranger  
Columbia W150012 10-in. 2/24/1930 Adam and Eve (In the garden) Aunt Mandy's Chillun Mixed vocal ensemble arranger  
Brunswick E18563-E18566 10-in. 3/25/1926 Climbin’ up the mountain, children Dixie Jubilee Quintet Male vocal quintet arranger  
Brunswick E19281-E19283 10-in. 5/15/1926 So I can write my name Dixie Jubilee Quartet Male vocal ensemble arranger  
Brunswick E19284-E19286 10-in. 5/15/1926 Stand steady Dixie Jubilee Quartet Male vocal ensemble arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jessye, Eva," accessed May 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105698.

Jessye, Eva. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105698.

"Jessye, Eva." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 May 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105698

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