Wendell Philips Culley (January 8, 1906 in Worcester, Massachusetts – May 8, 1983 in Los Angeles, CA) was an American jazz trumpeter.
Culley played locally in Boston, then moved to New York City in 1931, where he found early work playing with Horace Henderson and Cab Calloway. He then spent 11 years in the employ of Noble Sissle, recording with him extensively. Following this he played with Lionel Hampton (1944–49), then worked again briefly with Sissle before playing in Count Basie's Orchestra from 1951 to 1959.
After working with Basie, Culley retired from music and pursued a career in insurance.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 8th, 1906 (Worcester), Died May 8th, 1983 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1963
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 66 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||[W]149795||10-in.||1/22/1930||Cotton pickers' shuffle||Georgia Cotton Pickers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Decca||60888||10-in.||3/11/1936||That's what love did co me||Noble Sissle Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60889||10-in.||3/11/1936||You can't live in Harlem||Noble Sissle Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60890||10-in.||3/11/1936||I wonder who made rhythm||Noble Sissle Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60891||10-in.||3/11/1936||'Tain't a fit night out for man or beast||Noble Sissle Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60892||10-in.||3/11/1936||I take to you||Noble Sissle Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60893||10-in.||3/11/1936||Rhythm of the Broadway moon||Noble Sissle Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72871||10-in.||5/21/1945||Doublin' with Dublin||Lionel Hampton Sextet||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72872||10-in.||5/21/1945||Ribs and hot sauce||Lionel Hampton Sextet||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72873||10-in.||5/21/1945||Blow top blues||Lionel Hampton Sextet||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72874||10-in.||5/21/1945||Two fingers boogie-1||Lionel Hampton Sextet||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72875||10-in.||5/21/1945||Someday||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72876||10-in.||5/21/1945||Beulah's boogie||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72881||10-in.||5/21/1945||Playboy||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72882||10-in.||5/21/1945||Punch and Judy||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73287||1/21/1946||Pinetop's boogie woogie-1||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73288||1/21/1946||On the sunny side of the street-2||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73324||1/29/1946||Rockin' in rhythm, part 1||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73325||1/29/1946||Rockin' in rhythm, part 2||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73326||1/29/1946||Gay notes||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73327||1/29/1946||Tempo's birthday||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73332||1/31/1946||Cobb's idea||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73333||1/31/1946||Air mail special, part 1||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||73334||1/31/1946||Air Mail special, part 2||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||74730||1/28/1949||Hamp's boogie woogie No.2||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Culley, Wendell," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107317.
Culley, Wendell. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107317.
"Culley, Wendell." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.
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