Manzie Johnson (August 19, 1906 – April 9, 1971) was an American jazz drummer.
Johnson was raised in New York City, where he played piano and violin before switching to drums. He worked with Willie Gant's Ramblers (1926), June Clark, Elmer Snowden, Joe Steele, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton (1928), James P. Johnson, and Horace Henderson (1930) before joining Don Redman's orchestra, where he played from 1931 to 1937. Johnson then spent time as a freelance musician with Red Allen, Benny Morton, Willie Bryant, Lil Armstrong, Mezz Mezzrow, Redman and James P. Johnson again, Ovie Alston, and Fletcher Henderson. He served in the military during World War II, then played part-time with Sidney Bechet (ca. 1951), Garvin Bushell, and Happy Caldwell. Johnson never led his own recording session.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 19th, 1906 (Putnam), Died April 9th, 1971 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: drums
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 29 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-48433||10-in.||12/6/1928||Everybody loves my honey now||Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-48434||10-in.||12/6/1928||Red hot pepper||Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-48435||10-in.||12/6/1928||Deep creek||Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-48436||10-in.||12/6/1928||You oughter see my gal||Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-030318||10-in.||11/28/1938||Ja-da||Tommy Ladnier Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-030319||10-in.||11/28/1938||Really the blues||Tommy Ladnier Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-030320||10-in.||11/28/1938||When you and I were young, Maggie||Tommy Ladnier Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-030321||10-in.||11/28/1938||Weary blues||Tommy Ladnier Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-030450||10-in.||12/19/1938||Royal Garden blues||Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-030451||10-in.||12/19/1938||Everybody loves my baby||Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-030452||10-in.||12/19/1938||Ain't gonna give nobody none of my jelly-roll||Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-030453||10-in.||12/19/1938||If you see me comin'||Teddy Bunn ; Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-030454||10-in.||12/19/1938||Gettin' together||Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-067791||10-in.||9/13/1941||I'm coming, Virginia||Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance sextet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-067792||10-in.||9/13/1941||Limehouse blues||New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance sextet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-067793||10-in.||9/13/1941||Georgia cabin||Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance sextet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-067794||10-in.||9/13/1941||Texas moaner||New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance sextet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||62442||10-in.||7/23/1937||Lindy hop||Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||62443||10-in.||7/23/1937||When I went back home||Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||62444||10-in.||7/23/1937||Let's call it love||Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||62445||10-in.||7/23/1937||You mean so much to me||Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63558||10-in.||4/6/1938||Do the Alamo||Willie Bryant Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63559||10-in.||4/6/1938||You'll never remember and I'll never forget||Willie Bryant Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63560||10-in.||4/6/1938||You're gonna lose your gal||Willie Bryant Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63561||10-in.||4/6/1938||Neglected||Willie Bryant Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, Manzie," accessed January 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107077.
Johnson, Manzie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107077.
"Johnson, Manzie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 January 2021.
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