Carroll Dickerson (November 1, 1895 – October 9, 1957) was a Chicago and New York-based dixieland jazz violinist and bandleader, probably better known for his extensive work with Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines or his more brief work touring with King Oliver.
Dickerson played a major role as a bandleader in Chicago; his sidemen there included Johnny Dunn, Frankie Half Pint Jaxon, Tommy Ladnier, Honore Dutrey, Natty Dominique, Sterling Conaway, Boyd Atkins, Fred Robinson, Jimmy Strong, Mancy Carr, Pete Briggs, and Jimmy Mundy.
He first directed a band from 1922 to 1924 in the Sunset Cafe, which led to a longer tour, in which his sideman, Louis Armstrong, quickly became known (and later took his place). His "Carroll Dickerson Savoyagers" then appeared in the Savoy Ballroom, as well as in New York in the late 1920s.
Musicians such as Armstrong, Buster Bailey, George Mitchell, Earl Hines and Zutty Singleton played in his Savoy Orchestra. The musicians of Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven of 1927 were musicians taken from the Dickerson orchestra, and he himself played with some recordings as a violinist. He also toured with King Oliver.
Dickerson briefly directed the Mills Blue Rhythm Band before returning to Chicago.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1895, Died October 9th, 1957 (Chicago)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1930
Roles Represented in DAHR: director, violin
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-58527||10-in.||1/28/1930||St. James Infirmary||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, instrumentalist, violin|
|Victor||BVE-58528||10-in.||1/28/1930||When you're smiling (The whole world smiles with you)||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, instrumentalist, violin|
|Victor||BVE-59525||10-in.||3/18/1930||I must have it||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-59526||10-in.||3/18/1930||Rhythm Club stomp||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-59527||10-in.||3/18/1930||You're just my type||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-59747||10-in.||4/10/1930||Edna||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-59748||10-in.||4/10/1930||Boogie woogie||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-59749||10-in.||4/10/1930||Mule face blues||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-62236||10-in.||5/22/1930||Struggle buggy||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-62237||10-in.||5/22/1930||Don't you think I love you?||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-62238||10-in.||5/22/1930||Olga||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|OKeh||W400992||10-in.||7/5/1928||Symphonic raps||Carroll Dickerson ; Savoyagers||Jazz/dance band||director|
|OKeh||W400993||10-in.||7/5/1928||Stomp de los del Savoy||Carroll Dickerson y su Orquesta||Jazz/dance band||director|
|OKeh||W402534||10-in.||7/19/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, violin, director|
|OKeh||W402535||10-in.||7/22/1929||(What did I do to be so) Black and blue||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, violin|
|OKeh||W402540||10-in.||7/19/1929||That rhythm man||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, violin, director|
|OKeh||W402541||10-in.||7/19/1929||Sweet Savannah Sue||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, violin, director|
|OKeh||W402923||10-in.||9/10/1929||Some of these days||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|OKeh||W402924||10-in.||9/11/1929||When you're smiling (The whole world smiles with you)||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|OKeh||W402943||10-in.||9/10/1929||Some of these days||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|OKeh||W402947||10-in.||9/11/1929||When you're smiling (The whole world smiles with you)||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|OKeh||W403454||10-in.||11/26/1929||After you've gone||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|OKeh||W490005||10-in.||11/26/1929||After you've gone||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Brunswick||C1976||10-in.||5/25/1928||Missouri squabble||Carroll Dickerson’s Savoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Brunswick||C1977||10-in.||5/25/1928||Black Maria||Carroll Dickerson’s Savoy Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dickerson, Carroll," accessed July 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111115.
Dickerson, Carroll. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111115.
"Dickerson, Carroll." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 July 2021.
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