Rod Cless

George Roderick "Rod" Cless (May 20, 1907, Lenox, Iowa – December 8, 1944, New York City) was an American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, perhaps best known for his work on sixteen Muggsy Spanier tunes for Bluebird Records. Additionally, Cless worked with other artists such as Frank Teschemacher, Charles Pierce, Gene Krupa, Art Hodes, Bobby Hackett, Max Kaminsky and Mezz Mezzrow.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 20, 1907 (Iowa), Died December 8, 1944 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-040260 10-in. 7/7/1939 Big butter and egg man Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-040261 10-in. 7/7/1939 Someday sweetheart Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-040262 10-in. 7/7/1939 Eccentric Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-040263 10-in. 7/7/1939 That da da strain Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043375 10-in. 11/10/1939 At the jazz band ball Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043376 10-in. 11/10/1939 I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate George Brunis ; Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043377 10-in. 11/10/1939 Dipper mouth blues Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043378 10-in. 11/10/1939 Livery stable blues (Barnyard blues) Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043894 10-in. 11/22/1939 Riverboat shuffle Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043895 10-in. 11/22/1939 Relaxin' at the Touro Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043896 10-in. 11/22/1939 At sundown Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043897 10-in. 11/22/1939 Bluin' the blues Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-045745 10-in. 12/12/1939 Lonesome road Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-045746 10-in. 12/12/1939 Dinah George Brunis ; Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-045747 10-in. 12/12/1939 (What did I do to be so) Black and blue Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-045748 10-in. 12/12/1939 Mandy, make up your mind Ragtime Band [Muggsy Spanier] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cless, Rod," accessed February 5, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113044.

Cless, Rod. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113044.

"Cless, Rod." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 February 2023.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113044

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