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 February 5th, 1973 (Biloxi)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, songwriter
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brunies, Merritt," accessed March 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109892.
Brunies, Merritt. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109892.
"Brunies, Merritt." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 March 2021.
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