Bob Fuller

Bob Fuller (December 31, 1898 – unknown) was an American blues and jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, best known for his recordings accompanying female singers of the 1920s.

Born and raised in New York City, Fuller toured the United States with Mamie Smith, then settled down to extensive studio work. He was a house saxophonist for Ajax and Victor Records, playing with Elmer Snowden and Lou Hooper. These musicians also recorded on their own, including as the Five Musical Blackbirds. Fuller also played with Fats Waller's combo, Six Hot Babies.

Fuller worked on at least 140 sessions between 1920 and 1928, accompanying singers such as Martha Copeland, Helen Gross, Rosa Henderson, Maggie Jones, Viola McCoy, and Monette Moore.

Among his many 1920s recordings, his trio sides (with piano and banjo) were issued as "Three Hot Eskimos", "The Black Diamonds", "Three Jolly Jesters", and "Three Monkey Chasers".

Fuller left the music industry permanently after he decided to work in prisons for the New York City Police Department in the 1930s.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 31, 1898 (New York City), Died 20th century

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, composer, alto saxophone, songwriter, vocalist

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Recordings (Results 76-81 of 81 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 1240W-1242W 10-in. 8/27/1925 Plain old blues Three Jolly Miners Jazz/dance trio, with clarinet solo instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Brunswick 1243W-1245W 10-in. 8/27/1925 Ketch your breath Three Jolly Miners Jazz/dance trio, with clarinet solo composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick 1377W-1378W 10-in. 9/21/1925 Old man's Charleston Three Jolly Miners Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Brunswick 1379W-1380W 10-in. 9/21/1925 Texas shuffle Three Jolly Miners Jazz/dance trio composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick 1511W-1513W 10-in. 10/17/1925 An' I don't mean if! Rosa Henderson ; Three Jolly Miners Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, clarinet  
Brunswick 1514W-1516W 10-in. 10/17/1925 You can't be like my last man was Rosa Henderson Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 76-81 of 81 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fuller, Bob," accessed July 14, 2024,

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