Jimmy Lytell

Jimmy Lytell (December 1, 1904 - November 28, 1972) was an American jazz clarinetist. Critic Scott Yanow called him "One of the most underrated clarinetists in jazz history".

Lytell (born James Sarrapede) had his first professional experience at age twelve, and by the beginning of the 1920s he was recording with early jazz ensembles. He played in the Original Indiana Five in 1921 and the Original Memphis Five in 1922-25, and also played in the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1922-24. 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-'35. From 1949 into the late 1950s he appeared in the New Original Memphis Five revival band, and recorded with Connee Boswell late in the 1950s. He continued to perform until a year before his death. As a leader, he recorded eighteen titles in 1926-28 and six more for London Records in 1950.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 1st, 1904

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, tenor saxophone, composer, saxophone, leader

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 129 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  
Columbia W143337 10-in. 1/21/1927 A blues serenade The Emperors 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  
Decca 67422 10-in. 3/28/1940 I wish I had died in my cradle Donald King instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67559 10-in. 4/16/1940 The guy needs a gal Dick Robertson instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67560 10-in. 4/16/1940 The gang that sang Heart of my heart Dick Robertson instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 68353 10-in. 11/15/1940 Jivin' the Missouri waltz Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 68354 10-in. 11/15/1940 Beale Street Mama Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 68355 10-in. 11/15/1940 Whatcha know, Joe ? Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 68356 10-in. 11/15/1940 Stayin' at home Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 68408 10-in. 11/28/1940 Oh! How I hate to get up in the morning Dick Robertson instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 68409 10-in. 11/28/1940 San Antonio Rose Dick Robertson instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 68410 10-in. 11/28/1940 I am a Canadian Dick Robertson instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 1-25 of 129 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lytell, Jimmy," accessed October 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109741.

Lytell, Jimmy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109741.

"Lytell, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109741

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