Julian Dash

Julian Dash (9 April 1916 – 25 February 1974) was an American swing music jazz tenor saxophonist born in Charleston, South Carolina, probably better known for his work with Erskine Hawkins and Buck Clayton.

Julian Dash was a member of the Bama State Collegians, which later became the Erskine Hawkins orchestra. He is recognised, with Hawkins and fellow sax player Bill Johnson, in composing the swing tune "Tuxedo Junction", which became an immense hit when recorded by other (mainly white) bands, notably that of Glenn Miller.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Julian Dash recorded for Sittin' In With records and later was on the Vee Jay label with his sextets. His renditions of "Devil's Lament" and "Dance of the Mother Bird" on Sittin' In With and his "Zig Zag" on the Vee Jay label were hits in the Black community.

Julian Dash can be heard at his best in 1953 on two of the Buck Clayton Jam Sessions in which extended versions of songs (The Huckle-Buck to 63 choruses) were recorded by Vanguard to exploit the newly developed length of LP records. All of the six sessions were later released by Columbia as thematic album LPs and by Lone Hill as CDs, also in complete versions by Mosaic. On 6 March 1972, Dash recorded prominently with fellow tenor saxist Buddy Tate as one of Jay McShann's All-Stars on seven titles of Kansas City-styled tunes.

Julian Dash's tenor sax style was vigorous and adventurous. The sound was Hawkins-like, but with less rough edges.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 9th, 1916 (Charleston), Died February 25th, 1974

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, composer, arranger, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-038421 10-in. 7/18/1939 Tuxedo Junction Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-046786 10-in. 2/5/1940 Tuxedo junction Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor E0FB-5217 10-in. 8/1/1950 Tuxedo junction Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Decca 76827 9/11/1950 so long, goodbye blues Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 76828 9/11/1950 Skippin' and hoppin' Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 76829 9/11/1950 Down beat Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 76830 9/11/1950 Tennessee waltz Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 80262 12/6/1950 After hours-1 Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 80263 12/6/1950 No regrets Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 80264 12/6/1950 Tuxedo junction-2 Erskine Hawkins Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 80265 12/6/1950 Bear mash blues-3 Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 80409 1/18/1951 Love never comes around Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 80410 1/18/1951 Nona-1 Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 80411 1/18/1951 Please don't put me down Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 80412 1/18/1951 Station break Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89338 2/9/1956 The yurt Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89339 2/9/1956 Put your feet down on the ground Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89340 2/9/1956 Nobody plays piano like Sacramento Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 89341 2/9/1956 Waltz in blue Erskine Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 7132 10-in. December 1946 My silent love Julian Dash Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 7133 10-in. December 1946 Creamin' Julian Dash Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 7134 10-in. December 1946 Goin' along Julian Dash Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 7135 10-in. December 1946 Long moan Julian Dash Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dash, Julian," accessed March 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106030.

Dash, Julian. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106030.

"Dash, Julian." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 March 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106030

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