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|
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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