Walter Thomas

Walter Purl "Foots" Thomas (February 10, 1907 – August 26, 1981) was a saxophonist, flutist, and arranger in Cab Calloway's orchestra, one of the most famous bands of the swing era in jazz. His older sister was the chef and author Cleora Butler; his younger brother was the alto saxophonist and songwriter Joe Thomas.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 10, 1907 (Muskogee), Died August 26, 1981 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet, composer

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-49452 10-in. 7/9/1929 Burnin' the iceberg Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-49453 10-in. 7/9/1929 Courthouse bump Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-49454 10-in. 7/9/1929 Pretty Lil Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-49455 10-in. 7/10/1929 Sweet Aneta mine Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-49456 10-in. 7/10/1929 New Orleans bump Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-49457 10-in. 7/12/1929 Down my way Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-49458 10-in. 7/12/1929 Try me out Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-49459 10-in. 7/12/1929 Tank town bump Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-59173 10-in. 2/17/1930 Two hundred squabble Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, baritone saxophone, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-59174 10-in. 2/17/1930 Swingin' dem cats Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, baritone saxophone, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-59175 10-in. 2/17/1930 Stoppin' the traffic Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, baritone saxophone, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-59176 10-in. 2/17/1930 Prohibition blues Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, baritone saxophone, clarinet, tenor saxophone, composer  
Victor BVE-62182 10-in. 6/2/1930 Oil well Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Victor BVE-62183 10-in. 6/2/1930 Load of coal Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Victor BVE-62184 10-in. 6/2/1930 Crazy chords Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Victor BVE-62185 10-in. 6/2/1930 Primrose stomp Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Victor PBS-09775 10-in. 11/2/1937 Queen Isabella Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-028136 10-in. 10/20/1938 Big mouth Minnie Peg LaCentra ; Jerry Sears Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Brunswick E36212 10-in. 3/3/1931 Minnie the moocher Cab Calloway Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 80749 3/28/1951 Bad luck child Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80750 3/28/1951 Investigation blues Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80751 3/28/1951 There ain't enough room here to boogie Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80752 3/28/1951 Sarah Kelly from Plumbnelly Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81341 8/6/1951 Cherokee boogie Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81342 8/6/1951 Hobo boogie Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thomas, Walter," accessed December 2, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105982.

Thomas, Walter. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105982.

"Thomas, Walter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 2 December 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105982

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