Henry Franklin "Buster" Smith (August 24, 1904 – August 10, 1991), also known as Professor Smith, was an American jazz alto saxophonist and mentor to Charlie Parker. Smith was instrumental in instituting the Texas Sax Sound with Count Basie and Lester Young in the 1930s.
Smith played saxophone for a number of prominent band leaders including Duke Ellington and Earl Hines as well as vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. He recorded his only album as leader in 1959 and despite intending to record a follow-up, he was injured in an accident and nothing else was released.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 24, 1904 (Alsdorf), Died August 10, 1991 (Dallas)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, alto saxophone, composer
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-047797||10-in.||3/11/1940||Ride my blues away||Harlan Leonard ; Rockets ; Ernie Williams||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Decca||69557||10-in.||7/23/1941||I don't want to set the world on fire||Bon Bon and his Buddies||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||69558||10-in.||7/23/1941||Blow, Gabriel, blow||Bon Bon and his Buddies||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||69559||10-in.||7/23/1941||Sweet Mama, Papa's getting mad||Bon Bon and his Buddies||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||69560||10-in.||7/23/1941||All that meat and no potatoes||Bon Bon and his Buddies||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||69827||10-in.||10/15/1941||Messy||Boone's Jumping Jacks||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||69828||10-in.||10/16/1941||I'm fer it||Boone's Jumping Jacks||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||69829||10-in.||10/16/1941||Please be careful||Boone's Jumping Jacks||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||69830||10-in.||10/16/1941||Take me back||Boone's Jumping Jacks||instrumentalist, clarinet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Buster," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209552.
Smith, Buster. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209552.
"Smith, Buster." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 January 2023.
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