Joe Sanders

Joseph L. Sanders (October 26, 1896, Thayer, Kansas - May 14, 1965, Kansas City, Missouri) was an American jazz pianist, singer, and band leader associated with Kansas City jazz for most of his career.

Sanders was best known for co-leading the Coon-Sanders' Nighthawks along with Carleton Coon (1894–1932). The pair formed the group in 1920 in Kansas City under the name Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra, broadcast for the first time on radio the following year, and became known as the Nighthawks because of their frequent appearances on late night radio. They recorded in Chicago in 1924 and held a residency at the Blackhawk club in that city from 1926. The ensemble toured as a Midwestern territory band, and after Coon's death Sanders continued to lead the band under his own name.

Sanders worked mostly in Hollywood studios in the 1940s, and occasionally led performances at the Blackhawk once again. He was a vocalist for the Kansas City Opera in the 1950s.

Sanders' brother, Roy Sanders (National League pitcher), was a professional baseball player.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 15, 1896, Died May 14, 1965

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, tenor vocal, composer, songwriter, leader, arranger, director, vocalist, lyricist

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-41376 10-in. 12/14/1927 Is she my girl-friend? Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42373 10-in. 5/29/1928 Indian cradle song Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42374 10-in. 5/29/1928 Ready for the river Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42375 10-in. 5/29/1928 Oh! You have no idea Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-43518 10-in. 3/30/1928 Beloved The Troubadours Jazz/dance band, with vocal songwriter  
Victor BVE-45406 10-in. 5/22/1928 Beloved Jesse Crawford Pipe organ solo, with xylophone composer  
Victor BVE-45561 10-in. 6/5/1928 Beloved Franklyn Baur Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BVE-46003 10-in. 6/27/1928 Too busy! Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-46004 10-in. 6/27/1928 Blazin' Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-46020 10-in. 6/29/1928 Down where the sun goes down Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-47862 10-in. 10/23/1928 Amada José Bohr Male vocal solo, with violin and piano songwriter  
Victor BVE-48609 10-in. 11/20/1928 My suppressed desire Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-48610 10-in. 11/20/1928 What a girl! What a night! Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-48625 10-in. 11/27/1928 Smiling skies Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-48626 10-in. 11/27/1928 Here comes my ball and chain Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-48627 10-in. 11/27/1928 Who wouldn't be jealous of you? Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-48656 10-in. 12/3/1928 That's how I feel about you Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-48657 10-in. 12/3/1928 Little Orphan Annie Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor BVE-48725 10-in. 12/12/1928 Rhythm king Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra ; Carleton A. Coon Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-48726 10-in. 12/12/1928 Bless you! Sister Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra ; Carleton A. Coon Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-48879 10-in. 2/12/1929 Mississippi here I am Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and humming director, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-48880 10-in. 2/12/1929 Tennessee lady Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, piano, composer, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-50502 10-in. 2/19/1929 Sittin' and whittlin' Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-50519 10-in. 2/23/1929 Kansas City Kitty Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-50885 10-in. 5/16/1929 Sittin' and whittlin' Billy Hays and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer  
(Results 51-75 of 189 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sanders, Joe," accessed April 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113533.

Sanders, Joe. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113533.

"Sanders, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 April 2024.

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