Pete Briggs

Pete Briggs (born 1904, date of death unknown) was an American jazz bass and tuba player.

Briggs was born in Charleston, South Carolina and was related to bandleader Arthur Briggs. He first played professionally in the early 1920s with the Jim Jam Jazzers, and soon after played with the Lucky Boy Minstrels. In 1926 he moved to Chicago, playing with Carroll Dickerson, Jimmie Noone, and Louis Armstrong, with whom he recorded copiously. Briggs appears on many of the Hot Seven recordings made with Armstrong and his band.

In 1929, Briggs went to New York City, playing there with Armstrong and Dickerson. He joined the Edgar Hayes Orchestra and the Vernon Andrade Orchestra in the 1930s. In the 1940s he played with Herman Autrey in Philadelphia. However, by the latter half of the decade, Briggs had given up music and become a farmer. His date of death is unknown.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1904 (Charleston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: tuba, string bass

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W402534 10-in. 7/19/1929 Ain't misbehavin' Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W402535 10-in. 7/22/1929 (What did I do to be so) Black and blue Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W402540 10-in. 7/19/1929 That rhythm man Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W402541 10-in. 7/19/1929 Sweet Savannah Sue Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W402923 10-in. 9/10/1929 Some of these days Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W402924 10-in. 9/11/1929 When you're smiling (The whole world smiles with you) Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W402943 10-in. 9/10/1929 Some of these days Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W402947 10-in. 9/11/1929 When you're smiling (The whole world smiles with you) Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W403454 10-in. 11/26/1929 After you've gone Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W490005 10-in. 11/26/1929 After you've gone Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tuba  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Briggs, Pete," accessed August 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107109.

Briggs, Pete. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107109.

"Briggs, Pete." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107109

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