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 151-175 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick XC3023 12-in. 2/28/1929 Maytag frolic, pt. 4 Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Brunswick XC3024 12-in. 2/28/1929 Maytag frolic, pt. 5 Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Brunswick XC3025 12-in. 2/28/1929 Maytag frolic, pt. 6 Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick C3874 10-in. July 1929 Because you said “I love you” Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick C3965 10-in. 7/30/1929 Because you said “I love you” Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick C3980 10-in. 7/31/1929 Because you said “I love you” Oriole Orchestra ; Dan A. Russo Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick C4788 10-in. 12/3/1929 We love us Fred Hamm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal composer  
Brunswick C5720 10-in. Apr. 1930 Take me Lloyd Huntley Isle O’ Blues Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick MP10 10-in. approximately Mar. 1929 What a girl! What a night! Les Backer Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick MP719 10-in. January 1930 Sweetheart trail Slatz Randall Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal songwriter  
Edison N-191 10-in. 4/12/1928 Beloved Ponce Sisters Female vocal duet, with violin and piano songwriter  
Edison 8648 10-in. 10/30/1922 Martha (Just a plain old fashioned name) Kaplan's Melodists Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 9637 10-in. 7/23/1924 There's no one just like you George Wilton Ballard ; Kaplan's Melodists Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Edison 9881 10-in. 11/29/1924 Lazy waters Clover Garden Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 10665 10-in. 11/5/1925 Dreaming of to-morrow Charles Hart ; Hotel Carlton Terrace Orchestra ; Mike Speciale Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Edison 11761 10-in. 6/24/1927 S-L-U-E--F-O-O-T Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 18399 10-in. 4/12/1928 Beloved Ponce Sisters Female vocal duet, with violin and piano songwriter  
Edison 19030 10-in. 2/6/1929 What a girl! What a night! Harry Reser's Rounders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Edison N-721 10-in. 2/6/1929 What a girl! What a night! Harry Reser's Rounders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor (Canada) [ViC cat 263640-B] 10-in. approximately August 1929 Ma chérie Ludovic Huot Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Decca C 90527 10-in. 12/17/1935 Let it be me Joe Sanders Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90528 10-in. 12/17/1935 Weary Joe Sanders Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90529 10-in. 12/17/1935 I found a rose in the snow Joe Sanders Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90530 10-in. 12/17/1935 I'll forget I love you Joe Sanders Orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
Decca C 90537 10-in. 12/20/1935 I got love Joe Sanders Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader  
(Results 151-175 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.

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