Cuba Austin

Cuba Austin (1906 – 1961) was an American jazz drummer.

Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Austin first enters the record as a member of William McKinney's group, McKinney's Cotton Pickers. Austin joined the group after its formation in 1926, taking over for McKinney himself on drums. The group recorded frequently, both under the names Cotton Pickers and Chocolate Dandies.

In 1931, the Cotton Pickers split into two ensembles, with Austin heading one of them, which took the name The Original Cotton Pickers. When he disbanded this group, he moved to Baltimore and worked on his own as well as in an orchestra with Rivers Chambers. Austin's date of death is unknown.

Austin was an influential figure in early jazz; Gene Krupa called Austin one of his major influences. Austin was one of the first drummers to use the newly invented hi hat in hot and swing jazz.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1906 (Charleston), Died 1961

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: traps, glockenspiel, vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-46092 10-in. 7/11/1928 Sweet Sue, just you McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-46093 10-in. 7/11/1928 Four or five times McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-46094 10-in. 7/11/1928 Put it there McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-46095 10-in. 7/11/1928 Crying and sighing McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-46096 10-in. 7/11/1928 Milenberg joys McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-46098 10-in. 7/12/1928 Cherry McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-46099 10-in. 7/12/1928 Stop kidding McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-46400 10-in. 7/12/1928 Nobody's sweetheart McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (scat) instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-46401 10-in. 7/12/1928 Some sweet day McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-46402 10-in. 7/12/1928 Shim-me-sha-wabble McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-48619 10-in. 11/23/1928 It's tight like that McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-48620 10-in. 11/23/1928 There's a rainbow 'round my shoulder McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-51084 10-in. 4/8/1929 It's a precious little thing called love McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-51085 10-in. 4/8/1929 Save it, pretty mamma McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps, glockenspiel  
Victor BVE-51086 10-in. 4/8/1929 I found a new baby McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-51087 10-in. 4/8/1929 Will you, won't you, be my babe? McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-51204 10-in. 4/9/1929 Beedle-um bum McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-51205 10-in. 4/9/1929 Do something McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-51206 10-in. 4/9/1929 Selling that stuff McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, traps, vocalist  
Victor BVE-58543 10-in. 1/31/1930 I'll make fun for you McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; George Thomas Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-58544 10-in. 1/31/1930 Words can't express McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; George Thomas Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-58545 10-in. 1/31/1930 If I could be with you one hour to-night McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; George Thomas Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-58546 10-in. 2/3/1930 Honeysuckle rose McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-58547 10-in. 2/3/1930 Then someone's in love McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BVE-59140 10-in. 2/3/1930 Zonky McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
(Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Austin, Cuba," accessed January 15, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111112.

Austin, Cuba. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 15, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111112.

"Austin, Cuba." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 15 January 2021.

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