Moses Allen

Moses Allen (1907–February 2, 1983) was an American jazz bassist born in Memphis, Tennessee.

Allen began professionally playing music in 1927 after he joined Jimmie Lunceford's band, where he played the tuba. He switched to bass in 1932, remaining with Lunceford's orchestra until 1942. Allen's bass playing was a key element in the highly influential Lunceford ensemble. Allen was also an early experimenter with the electric bass. Among his best-known recordings with Lunceford is the tune "In Dat Mornin'".

After leaving Lunceford's orchestra, Allen opened a music store in New York City, playing occasional gigs until the 1960s. Allen died in New York City in 1983.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1907 (Memphis), Died February 2nd, 1983

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass, tuba, speaker

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 103 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-62599 10-in. 6/6/1930 In dat mornin' Moses Allen ; Chickasaw Syncopators ; Jimmie Lunceford Jazz/dance band, with talk instrumentalist, tuba, speaker  
Victor BVE-62600 10-in. 6/6/1930 Sweet rhythm Chickasaw Syncopators ; Jimmie Lunceford Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tuba  
Decca 38531 10-in. 9/4/1934 Sophisticated lady-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38532 10-in. 9/4/1934 Mood indigo Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38533 10-in. 9/4/1934 Rose room-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38534 10-in. 9/4/1934 Black and tan fantasy-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38535 10-in. 9/4/1934 Stratosphere-3 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38541 10-in. 9/5/1934 Nana-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38542 10-in. 9/5/1934 Miss Otis regrets-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38543 10-in. 9/5/1934 Unsophisticated Sue-3 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38544 10-in. 9/5/1934 Star dust-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38915 10-in. 10/29/1934 Dream of you-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38916 10-in. 10/29/1934 Shake your head (from side to side) Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38917 10-in. 10/29/1934 Stomp it off-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38918 10-in. 10/29/1934 Call it anything (It wasn't love)-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38967 10-in. 11/7/1934 Because you're you-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38968 10-in. 11/7/1934 Chillun, get up!-1 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38969 10-in. 11/7/1934 Solitude Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 39169 10-in. 12/17/1934 Rain-1, 3 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 39170 10-in. 12/17/1934 Since my best gal turned me down-1, 3 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 39171 10-in. 12/17/1934 Jealous-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 39172 10-in. 12/18/1934 Rhythm is our business-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 39173 10-in. 12/18/1934 I'm walking through heaven with you-2 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 39551 10-in. 5/29/1935 Sleepy time gal-4, 5 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 39552 10-in. 5/29/1935 Bird of paradise-2, 4 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 103 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Allen, Moses," accessed December 2, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114075.

Allen, Moses. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114075.

"Allen, Moses." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 2 December 2020.

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