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Nick LaRocca

Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca (April 11, 1889 – February 22, 1961), was an early jazz cornetist and trumpeter and the leader of the Original Dixieland Jass Band. He is the composer of one of the most recorded jazz classics of all-time, "Tiger Rag". He was part of what is generally regarded as the first recorded jazz band, a band which recorded and released the first jazz recording, "Livery Stable Blues" in 1917.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 11th, 1889 (New Orleans), Died February 22nd, 1961 (New Orleans)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, cornet, leader, speaker

Notes: Surname also appears as "La Rocca." Full name is Dominic James "Nick" La Rocca.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 88 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-19331 10-in. 2/26/1917 Livery stable blues Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-19332 10-in. 2/26/1917 Dixieland jass band one-step Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-21583 10-in. 3/19/1918 At the jazz band ball Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-21584 10-in. 3/19/1918 Ostrich walk Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-21700 10-in. 3/25/1918 Skeleton jangle Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-21701 10-in. 3/25/1918 Tiger rag Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-22041 10-in. 6/25/1918 Bluin' the blues Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-22042 10-in. 6/25/1918 Fidgety feet Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-22043 10-in. 6/25/1918 Mournin' blues Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-22044 10-in. 6/25/1918 Sensation rag Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-22066 10-in. 7/17/1918 Clarinet marmalade blues Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-22067 10-in. 7/17/1918 Lazy daddy Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-22337 10-in. 12/3/1918 'Lasses candy Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet, composer  
Victor B-22338 10-in. 12/3/1918 The satanic blues Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-24580 10-in. 11/24/1920 In the dusk Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-24581 10-in. 11/24/1920 Margie Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-24590 10-in. 12/4/1920 Palesteena Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-24809 10-in. 12/30/1920 Broadway Rose Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-24810 10-in. 12/30/1920 Sweet mamma (Papa's getting mad) Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet, speaker  
Victor B-24825 10-in. 1/28/1921 Home again blues Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-24826 10-in. 1/28/1921 Crazy blues Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-37190 10-in. 12/28/1926 Tiger rag The Original Memphis Five Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-37744 10-in. 2/7/1927 Tiger rag Phil Napoleon Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-38011 10-in. 4/27/1927 Tiger rag Charles Dornberger Orchestra Jazz/dance band (takes 4-7); with male vocal chorus (takes 1-3) composer  
Victor CVE-56045 12-in. 8/27/1929 Tiger rag (Rag) Victor Records technical staff (unnamed) Dubs from records composer  
(Results 1-25 of 88 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "LaRocca, Nick," accessed August 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106826.

LaRocca, Nick. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106826.

"LaRocca, Nick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106826

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