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George Kelly

George Kelly (July 31, 1915 – May 24, 1998) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and arranger born in Miami, Florida. Panama Francis was a sideman in Kelly's band in the 1930s; Kelly played in Francis's Savoy Sultans band in the 1970s, and had played in Al Cooper's band of the same name in the 1940s. Additionally, Kelly led his own bands and worked with other jazz artists such as Tiny Grimes, Rex Stewart and Cozy Cole.

"Kelly had a strong tenor tone that looked back towards the swing era while he was clearly aware of later developments."

Birth and Death Data: Born July 31st, 1915 (Miami), Died May 24th, 1998

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 68753 10-in. 2/28/1941 Norfolk ferry Al Cooper and his Savoy Sultans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 68754 10-in. 2/28/1941 Second balcony jump Al Cooper and his Savoy Sultans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 68755 10-in. 2/28/1941 See what I mean?-1 Al Cooper and his Savoy Sultans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 68756 10-in. 2/28/1941 Jackie boy Al Cooper and his Savoy Sultans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70111 10-in. 12/29/1941 Boats Al Cooper and his Savoy Sultans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70112 10-in. 12/29/1941 Fish for your supper Al Cooper and his Savoy Sultans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70113 10-in. 12/29/1941 'At's in there Al Cooper and his Savoy Sultans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 70114 10-in. 12/29/1941 Let your conscience be your guide Al Cooper and his Savoy Sultans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kelly, George," accessed November 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205300.

Kelly, George. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205300.

"Kelly, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205300

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