Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall (June 11, 1902 in Savannah, Georgia – January 2, 1948 in New York City) was an American jazz drummer.
Marshall was raised in Boston, where he studied under George L. Stone. He played with Charlie Dixon before moving to New York City early in the 1920s. After playing with violinist Shrimp Jones, he joined Fletcher Henderson's band at the Club Alabam, and remained in Henderson's retinue from 1922 until 1929. He played with many noted jazz artists in the 1930s and 1940s, including Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Art Hodes, Wild Bill Davison, Sidney Bechet, Bunk Johnson, and Mezz Mezzrow. He also recorded with Louis Armstrong in the late 1920s, being the drummer on Armstrong's recording of "Knockin' a Jug" from March 5, 1929.
In 1928-1930, he recorded with Benny Carter, Fats Waller and Coleman Hawkins in McKinney's Cotton Pickers. And shortly afterrecorded with the Four Bales of Hay, featuring Wingy Manone, Dickie Wells, Artie Shaw, Bud Freeman, Frank Victor, John Kirby and either Teddy Wilson or Jelly Roll Morton.
He also recorded for the Mezzrow-Bechet Quintet (Sidney Bechet, Mezz Mezzrow, Fitz Weston, Pops Foster and Marshall).
Birth and Death Data: Born June 11, 1902 (Savannah), Died January 2, 1948 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1958
Roles Represented in DAHR: drums
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 65 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-57064||10-in.||11/5/1929||Plain dirt||McKinney's Cotton Pickers||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-57065||10-in.||11/5/1929||Gee, ain't I good to you||McKinney's Cotton Pickers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-57066||10-in.||11/6/1929||I'd love it||McKinney's Cotton Pickers||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-57067||10-in.||11/6/1929||The way I feel today||McKinney's Cotton Pickers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-57068||10-in.||11/6/1929||Miss Hannah||McKinney's Cotton Pickers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-57139||10-in.||11/7/1929||Peggy||McKinney's Cotton Pickers||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-57140||10-in.||11/7/1929||Wherever there's a will, baby||McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; Don Redman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-57926||10-in.||12/18/1929||Lookin' for another sweetie||Fats Waller’s Buddies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-57927||10-in.||12/18/1929||Ridin' but walkin'||Fats Waller’s Buddies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-57928||10-in.||12/18/1929||Won't you get off it please||Fats Waller’s Buddies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BVE-57929||10-in.||12/18/1929||When I'm alone||Fats Waller’s Buddies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-055532||10-in.||8/21/1940||Just for laffs||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-055533||10-in.||8/21/1940||Martin on every block||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-055534||10-in.||8/21/1940||Pig foot sonata||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||BS-055535||10-in.||8/21/1940||Charlie was a sailor||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, drums|
|Columbia||81513||10-in.||1/31/1924||Chicago blues||Clara Smith||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Columbia||81514||10-in.||1/31/1924||31st Street blues||Clara Smith||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|OKeh||W401689||10-in.||3/5/1929||Knockin' a jug||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||67195||10-in.||2/15/1940||Baby, won't you please come home ?||Sandy Williams||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67196||10-in.||2/15/1940||If it weren't for you||Sandy Williams||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67197||10-in.||2/15/1940||Sing song swing||Sandy Williams||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67198||10-in.||2/15/1940||Imagination||Sandy Williams||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67358||10-in.||3/20/1940||Take it from the top (Instrumental)||Ella Fitzgerald and her Famous Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67359||10-in.||3/20/1940||Tea dance||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67360||10-in.||3/20/1940||Jubilee swing (Instrumental)||Ella Fitzgerald and her Famous Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Marshall, Kaiser," accessed February 5, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111092.
Marshall, Kaiser. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111092.
"Marshall, Kaiser." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 February 2023.
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