Don Azpiazu

Justo Ángel Azpiazú (Cienfuegos, 11 February 1893 – Havana, 20 January 1943), better known as Don Azpiazú, was a leading Cuban orchestral director in the 1920s and 1930s. His band introduced authentic Cuban dance music and Cuban musical instruments to a wide audience in the USA. It was his Havana Casino Orchestra which went to New York City in 1930, and recorded one of the biggest hits in Cuban music history, the "Peanut Vendor". It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. The band included a number of star musicians such as trumpeter Julio Cueva and singer Antonio Machín. Azpiazú also used North American singers such as Bob Burke or Chick Bullock to help popularize the genre.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 11th, 1893 (Cienfuegos), Died January 20th, 1943 (Havana)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, composer, claves, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-62151 10-in. 5/13/1930 Lamento africano Don Azpiazu ; Havana Casino Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-62152 10-in. 5/13/1930 The peanut vendor Don Azpiazu ; Havana Casino Orchestra ; Antonio Machín Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-62156 10-in. 5/15/1930 Be careful with those eyes Don Azpiazu ; Havana Casino Orchestra ; Johnny Marvin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-62157 10-in. 5/15/1930 With my guitar and you Don Azpiazu ; Havana Casino Orchestra ; Antonio Machín Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-62327 10-in. 7/2/1930 Mamá Inez Don Azpiazu ; Havana Casino Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet director  
Victor BVE-62328 10-in. 7/2/1930 True love Don Azpiazu ; Havana Casino Orchestra ; Antonio Machín ; Daniel Sánchez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet director  
Victor XVE-68205 10-in. 3/4/1931 African lament Don Azpiazu ; Havana Casino Orchestra ; George Owen Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor XVE-68206 10-in. 3/4/1931 The voodoo Don Azpiazu ; Havana Casino Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer, director  
Victor BRC-69687 10-in. 6/4/1931 Wanna lot o' love Don Azpiazu ; Havana Casino Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus director  
Victor BRC-69688 10-in. 6/4/1931 Green eyes Don Azpiazu ; Chick Bullock ; Havana Casino Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BRC-70252 10-in. 9/23/1931 A penny for your thoughts Don Azpiazu ; Bob Burk ; Havana Casino Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BRC-70253 10-in. 9/23/1931 Marianna (The peanut vendor's daughter) Don Azpiazu ; Havana Casino Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-77596 10-in. 9/1/1933 Ojos negros Chago Rodríguez y su Grupo Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W152722 10-in. 2/23/1934 The voodoo Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick 10997-10999 10-in. 7/3/1923 Voodoo Hamtree Harrington Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick E36658 10-in. 4/24/1931 The voodoo Vincent Lopez ; St. Regis Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick E36659 10-in. 4/24/1931 Caserita, me voy Orquesta de Vicente Lopez [St. Regis Hotel Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Gramophone 0PG116 10-in. 10/10/1932 Caminando Don Azpiazu’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet and male vocal ensemble director, instrumentalist, claves  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Azpiazu, Don," accessed September 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110804.

Azpiazu, Don. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110804.

"Azpiazu, Don." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 September 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110804

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