Joe Tarto

Joe Tarto (February 22, 1902 - August 24, 1986) was an American jazz tubist and bassist.

Tarto (born Vincent Joseph Tortoriello) played trombone from age 12 before settling on tuba as a teenager. He played in an Army band in World War I, where he was wounded, and received his release in 1919. In the 1920s he worked with Cliff Edwards, Paul Specht, Sam Lanin, and Vincent Lopez, in addition to doing arrangement work for Fletcher Henderson and Chick Webb and playing in pit orchestras on Broadway. He also recorded copiously throughout the 1920s, accompanying musicians including Bing Crosby, The Boswell Sisters, Ethel Waters, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti, Miff Mole, Red Nichols, The Dorsey Brothers, Bix Beiderbecke, and Phil Napoleon.

In the 1930s he spent to years playing with Roger Wolfe Kahn, then worked extensively as a session musician both on tuba and double bass. He also played with radio ensembles and in theater and symphony orchestras. He remained active as a performer into the 1980s, playing in Dixieland jazz revival groups in his last years.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 22, 1902 (Newark), Died August 24, 1986

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass, composer, tuba

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= 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 D4AB-0421 10-in. 11/17/1944 1945 Mother Goose rhymes Carson Robison Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor D4AB-0422 10-in. 11/17/1944 A hundred years from now Carson Robison Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor D4AB-0423 10-in. 11/17/1944 There's no more feudin' in the mountains Carson Robison Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor D4AB-0424 10-in. 11/17/1944 That dame I left behind me Carson Robison Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor D5AB-0182 10-in. 4/4/1945 A hundred years from now Carson Robison Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor D5AB-0183 10-in. 4/4/1945 Hirohito's letter to Hitler Carson Robison Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor D5AB-0184 10-in. 4/4/1945 Hitler's last letter to Hirohito Carson Robison Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor D5AB-0185 10-in. 4/4/1945 Why I'm in the shape I'm in Carson Robison Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor D5AB-0186 10-in. 4/4/1945 The charms of the city ain't for me Carson Robison Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia 141528 10-in. 1/20/1926 Black horse stomp Dixie Stompers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W141712 10-in. 2/23/1926 Black horse stomp Markel's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W143112 10-in. 11/8/1926 White ghost shivers New Orleans Owls Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W144070 10-in. 4/29/1927 Memphis sprawler Blue Ribbon Syncopators Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 73970 10-in. 1/28/1926 Black horse stomp Casa Lopez Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W80501 10-in. 3/7/1927 Davenport blues Miff Mole's Molers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W80502 10-in. 3/7/1927 Darktown Strutters' Ball Miff Mole's Molers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tuba  
OKeh W80503 10-in. 3/7/1927 A hot time in the old town Miff Mole's Molers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tuba  
Brunswick E4503-E4505 10-in. 2/3/1927 White ghost shivers Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band composer  
Decca 63230 10-in. 1/31/1938 Marie, ah Marie Al Duffy Four instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 63231 10-in. 1/31/1938 Funiculi, funicula Al Duffy Four instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 63232 10-in. 1/31/1938 Ciribiribin Al Duffy Four instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 63233 10-in. 1/31/1938 La Espagnola Al Duffy Four instrumentalist, string bass  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tarto, Joe," accessed June 27, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210013.

Tarto, Joe. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 27, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210013.

"Tarto, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 27 June 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210013

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