Charlie Irvis

Charlie Irvis (May 6, 1899, New York City – 1939) was an American jazz trombonist, best known for performing in Duke Ellington's band.

Irvis played with Bubber Miley in his youth and then with blues singer Lucille Hegamin and her Blue Flame Syncopators from 1920 to 1921. Following this he played with Willie the Lion Smith and with Duke Ellington's orchestra (1924–1926), as well as recording occasionally with Clarence Williams between 1923 and 1927. Irvis, along with friends Miley and Tricky Sam Nanton, all contributed to the development of "jungle sounds" (growl effects) in trombone playing. After leaving Ellington's band, he recorded with Fats Waller (1927, 1929) and played with Charlie Johnson (1927–1928) and Jelly Roll Morton (1929–1930). Some of his latest recordings were in 1931 with Miley again, and shortly thereafter with Elmer Snowden. After the early 1930s, Irvis apparently stopped playing, and died around 1939 in obscurity.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1899 (New York City), Died 1939

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone, composer, speaker

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-36069 10-in. 8/27/1926 Goin' crazy with the blues Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-36071 10-in. 8/27/1926 Who's dis heah stranger Thomas Morris Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with dialogue instrumentalist, trombone, speaker  
Victor BVE-36081 10-in. 8/31/1926 What have you done to make me feel this way Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-38050 10-in. 5/20/1927 Fats Waller stomp Morris' Hot Babies ; Fats Waller Jazz/dance ensemble composer, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-38051 10-in. 5/20/1927 Savannah blues Morris' Hot Babies ; Fats Waller Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-38052 10-in. 5/20/1927 Won't you take me home? Morris' Hot Babies ; Fats Waller Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-38115 10-in. 2/25/1927 Paradise wobble Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten ; Monette Moore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-38116 10-in. 2/25/1927 Birmingham black bottom Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten ; Monette Moore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-38117 10-in. 2/25/1927 Don't you leave me here Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten ; Monette Moore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-49452 10-in. 7/9/1929 Burnin' the iceberg Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-49453 10-in. 7/9/1929 Courthouse bump Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-49454 10-in. 7/9/1929 Pretty Lil Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-49455 10-in. 7/10/1929 Sweet Aneta mine Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-49456 10-in. 7/10/1929 New Orleans bump Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-49457 10-in. 7/12/1929 Down my way Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-49458 10-in. 7/12/1929 Try me out Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-49459 10-in. 7/12/1929 Tank town bump Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-49760 10-in. 3/1/1929 The minor drag Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-49761 10-in. 3/1/1929 Harlem fuss Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-71306 10-in. Feb. 1923 E flat blues no. 2 Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-71307 10-in. Feb. 1923 Original Charleston strut Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-71531 10-in. May 1923 Lonesome journey blues Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-71532 10-in. May 1923 When the jazz band starts to play Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-71582 10-in. June 1923 Just blues that's all Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-71583 10-in. June 1923 The bull blues (E flat no. 1 blues) Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Irvis, Charlie," accessed March 6, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114224.

Irvis, Charlie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 6, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114224.

"Irvis, Charlie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 6 March 2021.

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