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Adrian Rollini

Adrian Francis Rollini (June 28, 1903 – May 15, 1956) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played the bass saxophone, piano, vibraphone, and many other instruments. Rollini is also known for introducing the goofus in jazz music. As leader, his major recordings included "You've Got Everything" (1933), "Savage Serenade" (1933) and "Got The Jitters" (1934) on Banner, Perfect, Melotone, Romeo, Oriole, "A Thousand Good Nights" (1934) on Vocalion, "Davenport Blues" (1934) on Decca, "Nothing But Notes", "Tap Room Swing", "Jitters", "Riverboat Shuffle" (1934) on Decca, and "Small Fry" (1938) on Columbia.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 28th, 1903 (New York City), Died May 15th, 1956 (Homestead)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: bass saxophone, vibraphone, leader, saxophone, goofus, xylophone, celeste, hot fountain pen (miniature clarinet), kazoo, drums, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-76072 10-in. 5/2/1933 Happy as the day is long Harold Arlen ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums, bass saxophone  
Victor BS-92263 10-in. 6/14/1935 Bouncin' in rhythm Adrian and His Tap Room Gang Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-92264 10-in. 6/14/1935 Got a need for you Adrian and His Tap Room Gang Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and talking leader  
Victor BS-92265 10-in. 6/14/1935 Weather-man Adrian and His Tap Room Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk leader  
Victor BS-92266 10-in. 6/14/1935 Nagasaki Adrian and His Tap Room Gang Jazz/dance band, with vocal leader  
Victor BS-92267 10-in. 6/14/1935 Honeysuckle rose Adrian and His Tap Room Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-92268 10-in. 6/14/1935 Jazz o' jazz Adrian and His Tap Room Gang Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-92546 10-in. 7/1/1935 Sometimes I'm happy Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-92547 10-in. 7/1/1935 King Porter Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-92549 10-in. 7/1/1935 Jingle bells Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-94132 10-in. 8/26/1935 Swinging 'em down (In a hot style don't you see) Harlem Seven Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-94133 10-in. 8/26/1935 Old fashioned love Harlem Seven ; Jasper Thomas ; Kirby Walker Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader  
Victor BS-94134 10-in. 8/26/1935 Nothin' but rhythm Harlem Seven Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-94135 10-in. 8/26/1935 I can't dance (I got ants in my pants) Bernard Addison and his Rhythm ; Jasper Thomas ; Kirby Walker Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader  
Victor BS-94136 10-in. 8/26/1935 Toledo shuffle Bernard Addison and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-94137 10-in. 8/26/1935 Lovely Liza Lee Bernard Addison and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-96299 10-in. 11/22/1935 Sandman Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-97017 10-in. 9/27/1935 Madhouse Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-02103 10-in. 10/7/1936 Riffin' at the Ritz Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-04956 10-in. 2/22/1937 Was it rain? Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, celeste  
Victor BS-04957 10-in. 2/22/1937 Blue Venetian waters Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, celeste  
Victor BS-04958 10-in. 2/22/1937 Seventh heaven Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, celeste  
Victor BS-04959 10-in. 2/22/1937 Blue Hawaii Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, celeste  
Victor BS-011669 10-in. 8/6/1937 Till the clock strikes three Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Columbia W140758 10-in. 7/14/1925 Melancholy Lou Little Ramblers Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W140759 10-in. 7/14/1925 Deep elm Little Ramblers Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W265146 10-in. 10/2/1933 Sweet Lorraine Joe Venuti's Blue Six instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Columbia W265147 10-in. 10/2/1933 Doin' the uptown lowdown Joe Venuti's Blue Six instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Columbia W265148 10-in. 10/2/1933 Jazz me blues Joe Venuti's Blue Six instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Columbia W265149 10-in. 10/2/1933 In de ruff Joe Venuti's Blue Six instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
OKeh S-72848 10-in. 9/24/1924 Go Emmaline The Goofus Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, kazoo, goofus  
OKeh S-72849 10-in. 9/24/1924 Hey! Hey! And hee! Hee! (I'm Charleston crazy) The Goofus Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, kazoo, goofus  
OKeh W81118 10-in. 6/28/1927 Kickin' the cat Joe Venuti's Blue Four Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, hot fountain pen (miniature clarinet), goofus, bass saxophone  
OKeh W81119 10-in. 6/28/1927 Beatin' the dog Joe Venuti's Blue Four Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
OKeh W81296 10-in. 8/30/1927 Imagination Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
OKeh W81297 10-in. 8/30/1927 Feelin' no pain Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
OKeh W81298 10-in. 8/30/1927 Original Dixieland one-step Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
OKeh W81413 10-in. 9/1/1927 My gal Sal Little Molers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
OKeh W81414 10-in. 9/1/1927 Honolulu blues Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
OKeh W81415 10-in. 9/1/1927 The new twister Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
OKeh W81432 10-in. 9/13/1927 Cheese and crackers Joe Venuti's Blue Four Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, hot fountain pen (miniature clarinet), goofus, bass saxophone  
OKeh W81433 10-in. 9/13/1927 A mug of ale Joe Venuti's Blue Four Jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, bass saxophone, hot fountain pen (miniature clarinet), goofus  
OKeh W403898 10-in. 4/11/1930 They cut down the old pine tree Paul Mason Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
OKeh W403899 10-in. 4/11/1930 The true and trembling brakeman Paul Mason Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Brunswick 470 10-in. Jan. 1928 Dixie Bobby Davis ; Fred Elizalde Hot Music ; Chelsea Quealey ; Adrian Rollini Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Brunswick 471 10-in. Jan. 1928 Tiger rag Bobby Davis ; Fred Elizalde Hot Music ; Chelsea Quealey ; Adrian Rollini Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Brunswick E31917 10-in. 1/31/1930 Clam house Adrian Rollini ; Snake & Teddy Saxophone solo, with piano and guitar instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick E31918 10-in. 1/31/1930 Round town Adrian Rollini ; Snake & Teddy Saxophone solo, with piano and guitar instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick E31919 10-in. 1/31/1930 Black and blue Adrian Rollini ; Snake & Teddy Saxophone solo, with piano and guitar instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 38874 10-in. 10/23/1934 It had to be you Adrian Rollini Orchestra instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca 38875 10-in. 10/23/1934 Sugar Adrian Rollini Orchestra instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca 38876 10-in. 10/23/1934 Davenport blues Adrian Rollini Orchestra instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca 38877 10-in. 10/22/1934 Somebody loves me Adrian Rollini Orchestra instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca 38878 10-in. 10/22/1934 Riverboad shuffle Adrian Rollini Orchestra instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca 39435 10-in. 3/20/1935 Mello as a 'cello Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, bass saxophone, vibraphone  
Decca 39436 10-in. 3/20/1935 Mystery Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, bass saxophone, vibraphone  
Decca 39437 10-in. 3/20/1935 Send me Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, vibraphone, bass saxophone  
Decca 39438 10-in. 3/20/1935 Vibraphonia No.2 Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, vibraphone, bass saxophone  
Decca 39439 10-in. 3/20/1935 Nothing but notes Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, vibraphone, bass saxophone  
Decca 39440 10-in. 3/20/1935 Tap room blues Joe Venuti's Blue Four instrumentalist, vibraphone, bass saxophone  
Decca 60906 10-in. 3/17/1936 Tap room swing Artists vary instrumentalist, vibraphone, bass saxophone  
Decca 60907 10-in. 3/17/1936 Swing low Artists vary instrumentalist, vibraphone, bass saxophone  
Decca 60908 10-in. 3/17/1936 Stuff, etc. Artists vary instrumentalist, vibraphone, bass saxophone  
Decca 60909 10-in. 3/17/1936 Lessons in love Artists vary instrumentalist, vibraphone, bass saxophone  
Decca 61455 10-in. 12/4/1936 Vibrollini Adrian Rollini Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca 61456 10-in. 12/4/1936 Driftin' Adrian Rollini Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca 61460 10-in. 12/7/1936 My mother's last goodbye Adrian Rollini Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca 61507 10-in. 1/11/1937 Rebound Adrian Rollini Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca 61508 10-in. 1/11/1937 Jitters Adrian Rollini Trio instrumentalist, vibraphone  
Decca 63138 10-in. 1/7/1938 Bill Artists vary instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca 63139 10-in. 1/7/1938 Singin' the blues Artists vary instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca 63140 10-in. 1/7/1938 The sweetest story ever told Artists vary instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca 63174 10-in. 1/18/1938 Bei mir bist du schoen Adrian Rollini Quintet instrumentalist, xylophone, vibraphone  
Decca 63175 10-in. 1/18/1938 Josephine Adrian Rollini Quintet instrumentalist, xylophone, vibraphone  
Decca 63176 10-in. 1/18/1938 You' re a sweetheart Adrian Rollini Quintet instrumentalist, xylophone, vibraphone  
Decca 63177 10-in. 1/18/1938 True confession Adrian Rollini Quintet instrumentalist, xylophone, vibraphone  
Decca 63178 10-in. 1/18/1938 I've hitched my wagon to a star Adrian Rollini Quintet instrumentalist, xylophone, vibraphone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rollini, Adrian," accessed April 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107170.

Rollini, Adrian. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107170.

"Rollini, Adrian." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 April 2021.

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