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Kaiser Marshall

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 11th, 1902 (Savannah), Died January 2nd, 1948 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-055533 10-in. 8/21/1940 Martin on every block Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, vibraphone, composer, drums, string bass, guitar, piano, Musical group  
Victor BS-055534 10-in. 8/21/1940 Pig foot sonata Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, vibraphone, director, composer, drums, piano, guitar, string bass, Musical group  
Victor BS-055535 10-in. 8/21/1940 Charlie was a sailor Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, vibraphone, lyricist, composer, director, drums, piano, guitar, string bass, vocalist, Musical group  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Marshall, Kaiser," accessed June 22, 2021,

Marshall, Kaiser. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2021, from

"Marshall, Kaiser." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 June 2021.

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