Charlie Holmes

Charlie Holmes (January 27, 1910 near Boston, Massachusetts – September 19, 1985 in Stoughton, Massachusetts) was an alto jazz saxophonist of the swing era. He also played clarinet and oboe for the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra in 1926.

Holmes began playing also saxophone at age 16 and emulated the style of his childhood friend, Johnny Hodges. He began playing professionally a week later. After moving to New York City he worked for a variety of groups, including Luis Russell in 1928. Between 1929 and 1930 he recorded with Red Allen and is best known for composing "Sugar Hill Function". He would work with Russell again a few times and in 1932 joined the Mills Blue Rhythm Band. He was in the John Kirby's Sextet, Cootie Williams' Orchestra, and Louis Armstrong's band for much of the next two decades. He left music in 1951 and did not return for twenty years. He returned to work in Clyde Bernhardt's Harlem Blues & Jazz Band and later played for the Swedish band Kustbandet. He never acted as a leader in any recording or group.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 27th, 1910 (Boston), Died Massachusetts

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, clarinet, soprano saxophone, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 126 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-48333 10-in. 2/1/1929 Call of the freaks King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-48334 10-in. 2/1/1929 The trumpet's prayer King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-49649 10-in. 1/16/1929 Freakish light blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-49650 10-in. 1/16/1929 West End blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-53929 10-in. 7/17/1929 Feeling drowsy Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-53930 10-in. 7/17/1929 Swing out Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-55133 10-in. 7/16/1929 It should be you Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-55134 10-in. 7/16/1929 Biff'ly blues Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-55852 10-in. 9/24/1929 Make a country bird fly wild Henry Allen ; Four Wanderers ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-55853 10-in. 9/24/1929 Funny feathers blues Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra ; Victoria Spivey Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-55854 10-in. 9/24/1929 How do they do it that way Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-55855 10-in. 9/24/1929 Pleasing Paul Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-56732 10-in. 10/1/1929 Blood hound blues Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-56733 10-in. 10/1/1929 Dirty T. B. blues Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-56734 10-in. 10/1/1929 Moaning the blues Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-56735 10-in. 10/1/1929 Telephoning the blues Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-57554 10-in. 11/25/1929 Day breakin' blues Sweet Peas Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57555 10-in. 11/25/1929 Heartbreakin' blues Sweet Peas Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57556 10-in. 11/25/1929 Leavin' you baby Sweet Peas Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57557 10-in. 11/25/1929 Longin' for home Sweet Peas Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57565 10-in. 12/2/1929 You oughta see my gal Wilton Crawley Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57567 10-in. 12/2/1929 Keep your business to yourself Wilton Crawley Clarinet soloist, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57568 10-in. 12/2/1929 She's got what I need Wilton Crawley Clarinet soloist, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57926 10-in. 12/18/1929 Lookin' for another sweetie Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57927 10-in. 12/18/1929 Ridin' but walkin' Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
(Results 1-25 of 126 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Holmes, Charlie," accessed October 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110885.

Holmes, Charlie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110885.

"Holmes, Charlie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 October 2020.

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