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 are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

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  
OKeh S-71739 10-in. Aug. 1923 Those blues Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-71740 10-in. Aug. 1923 Beaucoup de jazz Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-71972 10-in. 10/19/1923 If I let you get away with it once, you'll do it all of the time Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-71973 10-in. 10/19/1923 E flat blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-72028 10-in. Nov. 1923 Old fashioned love Lawrence Lomax ; Eva Taylor Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-72029 10-in. Nov. 1923 Open your heart Lawrence Lomax ; Eva Taylor Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-72531 10-in. May 1924 When you're tired of me (Just let me know) Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-72532 10-in. May 1924 Ghost of the blues Clarence Williams’ Harmonizers ; Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-72915 10-in. 10/17/1924 Early in the morning Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Virginia Liston Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-72916 10-in. 10/17/1924 You've got the right key, but the wrong keyhole Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Virginia Liston Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-73026 10-in. 12/17/1924 Mandy, make up your mind Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance quintet, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-73027 10-in. 12/17/1924 I'm a little blackbird looking for a bluebird Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance quartet, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-73083 10-in. 1/8/1925 Cake walking babies from home Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance quintet, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-73084 10-in. 1/8/1925 Pickin' on your baby Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-73204 10-in. 3/4/1925 Cast away Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh S-73205 10-in. 3/4/1925 Papa de-da-da Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance ensemble, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh 73686 10-in. 10/6/1925 Just wait 'til you see my baby do the Charleston Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance sextet, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh 73687 10-in. 10/6/1925 Living high (Sometimes) Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Jazz/dance sextet, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh 73694 10-in. 10/8/1925 Coal cart blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Instrumental sextet, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh 73695 10-in. 10/8/1925 Santa Claus blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Instrumental sextet, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh 73738 10-in. 10/26/1925 Squeeze me Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor Instrumental sextet, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh 73739 10-in. 10/26/1925 You can't shush Katie (The gabbiest girl in town) Eva Taylor Female vocal solo, with instrumental sextet instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh 74057 10-in. Mar. 1926 Sunset blues Buddy Christian's Creole Five ; Louise Vant Jazz/dance ensemble, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh 74058 10-in. Mar. 1926 Texas mule stomp Buddy Christian's Creole Five ; Louise Vant Jazz/dance ensemble, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
OKeh 74059 10-in. Mar. 1926 Sugar house stomp Buddy Christian's Creole Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, trombone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Irvis, Charlie," accessed September 30, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114224.

Irvis, Charlie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 30, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114224.

"Irvis, Charlie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 30 September 2022.

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