Merritt Brunies

Merritt Brunies (December 25, 1895 - February 5, 1973), was an American jazz trombonist and cornetist.

Brunies was born into a well-known musical family in New Orleans, Louisiana; among its members were George Brunies and Albert Brunies. Merritt led his own band, The Original New Orleans Jazz Band, from 1916 to 1918; this ensemble did not record, but it existed before both Jimmy Durante's New Orleans Jazz Band and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (the latter formed shortly afterward in 1916). Following this, he formed another group which played at Friar's Inn in Chicago directly after the stint by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. He played regularly in New Orleans in the 1930s, and moved to Mississippi in 1946, where he played with his brothers in a Dixieland jazz band until his retirement. He died in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 25th, 1895 (New Orleans), Died Biloxi

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-33420 10-in. 9/19/1925 Angry Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-33451 10-in. 10/6/1925 Angry Wendell W. Hall Male vocal solo, with violin and piano composer  
Victor BS-040685 10-in. 8/28/1939 Angry Carl Lorch Orchestra ; Shirley Dean Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Columbia W140711 10-in. 6/22/1925 Angry Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W140727 10-in. 6/26/1925 Angry Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W142000 10-in. 4/12/1926 Up jumped the devil Parenti's Liberty Syncopators Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh 9414 10-in. Oct. 1925 Angry Arcadian Serenaders Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh 9491 10-in. 11/14/1925 Sugar foot stomp Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9492 10-in. 11/14/1925 Want a little lovin' Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra ; Lew King Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh 9493 10-in. 11/14/1925 She's got 'em Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9494 10-in. 11/14/1925 Up jumped the devil Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
OKeh 9539 10-in. 2/26/1926 I'm as blue as bluegrass Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh 9540 10-in. 2/26/1926 When autumn leaves are falling Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh 9541 10-in. 2/26/1926 Flamin' Mamie Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9542 10-in. 2/26/1926 Hangin' around Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9549 10-in. 3/2/1926 Up jumped the devil Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
OKeh 9550 Not documented 3/2/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9551 10-in. 3/2/1926 Masculine women! Feminine men! Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh 9552 10-in. 3/2/1926 Someone's stolen my sweet, sweet baby Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E16280-E16283 10-in. 8/31/1925 Angry Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick C2744 10-in. 1/3/1929 Angry Bob Nolan ; Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Vocalion 1213W-1215W 10-in. 8/24/1925 Angry Harry Reser ; Tuxedo Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brunies, Merritt," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109892.

Brunies, Merritt. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109892.

"Brunies, Merritt." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109892

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