Paul Mares

Paul Mares (June 15, 1900 – August 18, 1949), was an American early dixieland jazz cornet & trumpet player, and leader of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.

Mares was born in New Orleans. His father, Joseph E. Mares, played cornet with the military band at the New Orleans lakefront and ran a fur and hide business.

Like many New Orleans cornetists of his generation, Joe Mares's main influence was "King" Joe Oliver.

About 1919 cornetist Abbie Brunies was offered a job playing in Chicago, and passed the offer on to Mares. (Brunies thought his New Orleans position of doubling driving a taxi-cab and playing music was more secure than prospects in Chicago.)

Mares established himself as a respected band leader over a group of wild and strong willed musicians, as The New Orleans Rhythm Kings (N.O.R.K.) became one of the best regarded bands in Chicago in the early 1920s.

In late 1924 Mares returned to New Orleans. He decided to play music on the side while taking over the running of his family fur & hide business. He ran the business well and with his prosperity purchased 3 homes for himself and his relatives in New Orleans' new suburb of Metairie, Louisiana. Mares's Metairie home was the site of a legendary jam-session in 1929 where Bix Beiderbecke and the other jazz playing members of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra jammed with the local New Orleans jazz musicians.

Mares also ran a restaurant in New Orleans called "The Chicago Bar-B-Q". In the early 1930s he returned to Chicago where he opened up his "New Orleans Bar-B-Q" there. The "P.M. New Orleans Bar-B-Q" became a gathering place for Chicago jazz musicians and home to numerous jam sessions, which Mares occasionally joined in.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 15th, 1900 (New Orleans), Died Chicago

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, cornet

Notes: Also played cornet.

See Also: New Orleans Rhythm Kings

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-27609 10-in. 2/20/1923 Farewell blues Ross Gorman ; Virginians Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor B-28718 10-in. 10/4/1923 Tin roof blues The Original Memphis Five Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-32125 10-in. 3/26/1925 She's cryin' for me New Orleans Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor B-32126 10-in. 3/26/1925 Everybody loves somebody blues New Orleans Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet, composer  
Victor BVE-33379 10-in. 9/14/1925 Milenberg joys Busse's Buzzards Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-43187 10-in. 3/28/1928 Farewell blues Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and chorus songwriter  
Victor BSHQ-73181 10-in. 8/9/1932 Milenberg joys Rhythm Boys Vocal and instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BS-74852 10-in. 12/13/1932 Milenberg joys Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-94192 10-in. 9/7/1935 Farewell blues Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor PBS-019411 10-in. 7/7/1938 Milenberg joys Freddy Martin Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-024426 10-in. 8/1/1938 Milenberg joys Larry Clinton Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-028175 10-in. 10/31/1938 Tin roof blues Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-030308 10-in. 11/23/1938 Farewell blues Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-030361 10-in. 12/6/1938 Milenberg joys Don Redman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-031805 10-in. 1/19/1939 Milenberg joys Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-031806 10-in. 1/19/1939 Milenberg joys Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-037732 10-in. 6/19/1939 Farewell blues Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-038175 10-in. 8/1/1939 Farewell blues Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-067549 10-in. 8/11/1941 Farewell blues Dixieland Octet of NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street ; Dr. Gino Hamilton ; Henry Levine Jazz/dance band, with speaker songwriter  
Columbia 80887 10-in. 3/6/1923 Farewell blues Georgians Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia W140709 10-in. 6/22/1925 Milenberg joys Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W140710 10-in. 6/22/1925 Tin roof blues Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W142317 10-in. 6/18/1926 Farewell blues Gus Mulcay Harmonica solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W142547 10-in. 8/20/1926 Farewell blues Virgina Childs Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano songwriter  
Columbia W142793 10-in. 10/18/1926 Farewell blues Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio Instrumental trio (Hawaiian) songwriter  
(Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mares, Paul," accessed September 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109706.

Mares, Paul. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109706.

"Mares, Paul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 September 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109706

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