Dave Nelson

Davidson C. "Dave" Nelson (born 1905, Donaldsonville, Louisiana - died April 7, 1946, New York City) was an American jazz trumpeter, pianist, and composer.

Nelson received classical training on piano and violin, but became best known in jazz as a trumpeter; he also was an arranger, having studied under Richard M. Jones. He played in Chicago with the Marie Lucas Orchestra, then worked with Ma Rainey, Jelly Roll Morton, Edgar Hayes, Jimmie Noone, Leroy Pickett, and Luis Russell. Having been informally associated with King Oliver early in his career, he officially became a member of Oliver's band in 1929, playing trumpet on his recordings for Victor in 1929-1931, as well as composing and arranging the pieces. He also led his own ensembles from the late 1920s; Jimmy McLin was one of his sidemen in the 1930s. Late in his career he worked mostly as an arranger, and was on the staff of Lewis Publishing.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1905 (Donaldsonville), Died April 7th, 1946 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, composer, vocalist, director, trombone, saxophone, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-56756 10-in. 10/8/1929 What you want me to do King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-56757 10-in. 10/8/1929 Sweet like this King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-56758 10-in. 10/8/1929 Too late King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57527 10-in. 11/6/1929 I'm lonesome, sweetheart King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-57528 10-in. 11/6/1929 I want you just myself King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57529 10-in. 11/6/1929 I can't stop loving you King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trombone, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57701 10-in. 11/18/1929 You don't understand Jimmie Johnson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57702 10-in. 11/18/1929 You've got to be modernistic Jimmie Johnson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-58338 10-in. 12/30/1929 Everybody does it in Hawaii King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-58339 10-in. 12/30/1929 Frankie and Johnny King Oliver Orchestra ; Roy Smeck Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-58340 10-in. 12/30/1929 New Orleans shout King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, composer  
Victor BVE-58527 10-in. 1/28/1930 St. James Infirmary King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
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 instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-59525 10-in. 3/18/1930 I must have it King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-59526 10-in. 3/18/1930 Rhythm Club stomp King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-59527 10-in. 3/18/1930 You're just my type King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-59747 10-in. 4/10/1930 Edna King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-59748 10-in. 4/10/1930 Boogie woogie King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-59749 10-in. 4/10/1930 Mule face blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-62236 10-in. 5/22/1930 Struggle buggy King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-62237 10-in. 5/22/1930 Don't you think I love you? King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-62238 10-in. 5/22/1930 Olga King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-63134 10-in. 9/12/1930 What's the use of living without love George Bias ; King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-63135 10-in. 9/12/1930 (You were only) Passinig time with me George Bias ; King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-63639 10-in. 9/10/1930 Shake it and break it King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-63640 10-in. 9/10/1930 Stingaree blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-64013 10-in. 9/19/1930 Nelson stomp King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, composer  
Victor BVE-64014 10-in. 9/19/1930 Stealing love King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-64849 10-in. 1/14/1931 I ain't got nobody and nobody cares for me Dave Nelson and the King’s Men Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone, director, vocalist  
Victor BVE-64850 10-in. 1/14/1931 When day is done Dave Nelson and the King’s Men Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone, director, vocalist  
Victor BVE-64851 10-in. 1/14/1931 Some of these days Dave Nelson and the King’s Men Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone, director, vocalist  
Victor ABRC-69905 10-in. 6/9/1931 Somebody stole my gal Harlem Highlights ; Dave Nelson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, director  
Victor ABRC-69906 10-in. 6/9/1931 Rockin' chair Harlem Highlights ; Dave Nelson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, director  
Victor ABRC-69907 10-in. 6/9/1931 Loveless love Harlem Highlights ; Dave Nelson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, director  
Victor ABRC-69908 10-in. 6/9/1931 St. Louis blues Harlem Highlights ; Dave Nelson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, director  
Victor BS-058779 10-in. 1/8/1941 Slippin' and slidin' Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 73909 10-in. Jan. 1926 How could my good man turn his back on me now Clarence Williams’ Trio ; Mary Mack Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer, lyricist  
Decca 61934 10-in. 4/13/1937 The swampland is calling me Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 61935 10-in. 4/13/1937 More than that Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 61936 10-in. 4/13/1937 I'm all out of breath Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 61937 10-in. 4/13/1937 I can see you all over the place Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, trumpet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nelson, Dave," accessed January 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113030.

Nelson, Dave. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113030.

"Nelson, Dave." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 January 2021.

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