Jimmy Strong

Jimmy Strong (August 29, 1906 – April 1977) was an American jazz reedist. While he is best known as a clarinetist, he occasionally played tenor saxophone as well.

Strong was based in Chicago as a teenager, performing in Lottie Hightower's Nighthawks; around 1925 he did a national tour with a traveling revue and stayed in California for a time, freelancing with several groups. Upon his return he joined Carroll Dickerson's orchestra, where he worked with Louis Armstrong; he appears on Armstrong's Hot Fives recordings. In 1928 he also worked briefly with Clifford King. In the 1930s he played with Cassino Simpson, Zinky Cohn, and Jimmie Noone, in addition to his own bands. Around 1940 he relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey, and founded a new ensemble, playing at a club called the Blue Room. Following this he appears to have left music; he was living in South Carolina in the 1970s.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 29th, 1906, Died April 1st, 1977 (South Carolina)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, tenor saxophone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 31 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W400960 10-in. 6/27/1928 Fireworks Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400961 10-in. 6/27/1928 Skip the gutter Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400962 10-in. 6/27/1928 A Monday date Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo and talk instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400966 10-in. 6/28/1928 Don't jive me Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
OKeh W400967 10-in. 6/28/1928 West End blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400968 10-in. 6/28/1928 Sugar foot strut Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400973 10-in. 6/29/1928 Two deuces Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400974 10-in. 6/29/1928 Squeeze me Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
OKeh W400991 10-in. 7/5/1928 Knee drops Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
OKeh W400993 10-in. 7/5/1928 Stomp de los del Savoy Carroll Dickerson y su Orquesta Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
OKeh W402153 10-in. 12/4/1928 No Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W402154 10-in. 12/4/1928 Basin Street blues Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W402168 10-in. 12/5/1928 No one else but you Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W402169 10-in. 12/5/1928 Beau Koo Jack Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W402170 10-in. 12/5/1928 Save it pretty mamma Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W402200 10-in. 12/7/1928 Muggles Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W402224 10-in. 12/12/1928 Heah me talkin' to ya? Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with talk instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
OKeh W402225 10-in. 12/12/1928 St. James' Infirmary Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
OKeh W402226 10-in. 12/12/1928 Tight like this Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with talk instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
OKeh W402525 10-in. 7/10/1929 Funny feathers Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
OKeh W402526 10-in. 7/10/1929 How do you do it that way? Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
OKeh W402534 10-in. 7/19/1929 Ain't misbehavin' Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
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, tenor saxophone  
OKeh W402540 10-in. 7/19/1929 That rhythm man Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
OKeh W402541 10-in. 7/19/1929 Sweet Savannah Sue Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 31 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Strong, Jimmy," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113433.

Strong, Jimmy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113433.

"Strong, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113433

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