Jimmy Lytell (December 1, 1904 - November 28, 1972) was an American jazz clarinetist. Critic Scott Yanow described him as being "[o]ne of the most underrated clarinetists in jazz history".
Lytell (born James Sarrapede) had his first professional work at age twelve, and by the beginning of the 1920s he was recording in jazz ensembles. He played in the Original Indiana Five in 1921 and the Original Memphis Five in 1922–1925, and also played in the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1922–1924. After the 1920s, he rarely performed in jazz settings, spending more time as a studio and orchestra musician. He worked as a staff musician for NBC during this time, and in Johnny Green's orchestra in 1934–1935. From 1949 into the late 1950s, he appeared in the New Original Memphis Five revival band, and recorded with Connee Boswell in 1956. He continued to perform until a year before his death. As a leader, he recorded eighteen titles in 1926–1928 and six more for London Records in 1950.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 1, 1904, Died November 28, 1972
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1950
Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, tenor saxophone, saxophone, alto saxophone, composer, leader
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 137 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-37188||10-in.||12/28/1926||A blues serenade||The Original Memphis Five||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-017411||10-in.||11/24/1937||Autopsy on Schubert||Rhythmasters ; Larry Wagner||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-022437||10-in.||4/13/1938||Oh! Ma-ma! (The butcher boy)||Connecticut Yankees ; Gentlemen Songsters ; Red Stanley ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-022438||10-in.||4/13/1938||Lonesome—that's all||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-057024||10-in.||10/24/1940||Wrap your dreams in the red, white and blue||Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal trio||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-057025||10-in.||10/24/1940||Johny Peddler (I got)||Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-057026||10-in.||10/24/1940||Three at a table for two||Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-057027||10-in.||10/24/1940||He's my uncle||Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-058100||10-in.||11/27/1940||Maria Elena||Californians ; Bob Hannon ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-058101||10-in.||11/27/1940||Moon over America||Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-058102||10-in.||11/27/1940||How did he look||Californians ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-058103||10-in.||11/27/1940||You're in the Army now||Californians ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Columbia||143337||10-in.||1/21/1927||A blues serenade||The Emperors||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E6112-E6114||10-in.||6/22/1927||A blues serenade||Frank Signorelli||Piano solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E7204-E7205||10-in.||3/19/1928||A blues serenade||The Original Memphis Five||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Decca||63230||10-in.||1/31/1938||Marie, ah Marie||Al Duffy Four||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||63231||10-in.||1/31/1938||Funiculi, funicula||Al Duffy Four||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||63232||10-in.||1/31/1938||Ciribiribin||Al Duffy Four||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||63233||10-in.||1/31/1938||La Espagnola||Al Duffy Four||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||67217||10-in.||2/20/1940||Row, row, row||Dick Robertson||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||67275||10-in.||3/8/1940||The wreck of the Old '97||Dick Robertson||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||67418||10-in.||3/28/1940||Ain't you ashamed?||Donald King||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||67419||10-in.||3/28/1940||Little girl||Donald King||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||67420||10-in.||3/28/1940||If I could be with you one hour tonight||Donald King||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||67421||10-in.||3/28/1940||I want a girl just like the girl that married Dear Old Dad||Donald King||instrumentalist, clarinet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lytell, Jimmy," accessed September 24, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109741.
Lytell, Jimmy. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 24, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109741.
"Lytell, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 24 September 2023.
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