Paul Bascomb

Paul Bascomb ((1912-02-12)February 12, 1912, Birmingham, Alabama – December 2, 1986(1986-12-02) (aged 74), Chicago) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, noted for his extended tenure with Erskine Hawkins. He is a 1979 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Bascomb was a founding member of the Bama State Collegians, which was led by Erskine Hawkins and eventually became his big band. Bascomb's brother Dud played in this ensemble as well. Bascomb remained in this ensemble until 1944, aside from a brief interval in 1938–39 where he played in Count Basie's orchestra after Herschel Evans's death. From 1944 to 1947 he and Dud co-led a septet which evolved into a big band. He recorded for States Records in 1952; these sides were reissued by Delmark Records in the 1970s. From 1953 to 1955 he recorded for Parrot. was active as a performer nearly up until the time of his death.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 12th, 1912 (Birmingham), Died December 2nd, 1986 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, saxophone, arranger, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 72165 10-in. 5/24/1944 That's the lick Sam Price Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 72166 10-in. 5/24/1944 Jumpin' for you Sam Price Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 72167 10-in. 5/24/1944 Too late now Sam Price Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 72168 10-in. 5/24/1944 Jodie man Sam Price Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 80262 12/6/1950 After hours-1 Erskine Hawkins Orchestra arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bascomb, Paul," accessed October 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110877.

Bascomb, Paul. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110877.

"Bascomb, Paul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110877

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