Irving Conrad Ashby (December 29, 1920 – April 22, 1987) was an American jazz guitarist.
Ashby was born in Somerville, Massachusetts and started playing guitar when he was nine. His career started in 1940 when he became a member of Lionel Hampton's band, and he played on Hampton's hit "Flying Home". In 1947, he took over for Oscar Moore in the Nat King Cole Trio.
He then briefly replaced Charlie Smith, a drummer, in the Oscar Peterson Trio, producing a lineup (piano, guitar, bass) similar to the Cole Trio's; the substitution of a guitarist for a drummer continued until 1958. After leaving the Peterson Trio, Ashby concentrated on session work, which included recording with Norman Granz, Sheb Wooley, LaVern Baker, Howard Roberts, B.B. King, Louis Jordan, and Pat Boone. In addition to guitar, Ashby played the upright bass. Ashby died in April 1987 in Perris, California, at the age of 66.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 29th, 1920 (Somerville), Died April 22nd, 1987 (Perris)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1942
Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBS-055230||10-in.||12/19/1940||Altitude||Lionel Hampton Sextet||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||PBS-055236||10-in.||12/20/1940||Smart aleck||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Decca||70100||10-in.||12/24/1941||Just for you||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70101||10-in.||12/24/1941||Southern echoes||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70102||10-in.||12/24/1941||My wish||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70103||10-in.||12/24/1941||Nola||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70416||10-in.||3/2/1942||Royal family||Lionel Hampton Sextet||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70417||10-in.||3/2/1942||I can't believe that you're in love with me||Lionel Hampton Sextet||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70418||10-in.||3/2/1942||Blues in the news||Lionel Hampton Sextet||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70419||10-in.||3/2/1942||Exactly like you||Lionel Hampton Sextet||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70771||10-in.||5/26/1942||Now I know||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70772||10-in.||5/26/1942||Half a love is better than none||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70773||10-in.||5/26/1942||Flying home||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||70774||10-in.||5/26/1942||In the bag||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ashby, Irving," accessed October 19, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106396.
Ashby, Irving. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 19, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106396.
"Ashby, Irving." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 19 October 2020.
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