Joe Benjamin

Joseph Rupert Benjamin (November 4, 1919 – January 26, 1974) was an American jazz bassist.

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Benjamin played with numerous high-profile jazz musicians in a variety of idioms. Early in his career he played in the big bands of Artie Shaw, Fletcher Henderson, Sy Oliver, and Duke Ellington.

Later credits include work with Roland Kirk, Hank Garland, Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland, Louis Armstrong (in his later years), Mal Waldron, Jo Jones, Gary Burton, Sarah Vaughan, Roy Haynes, Art Taylor, and Brother Jack McDuff.

Benjamin never recorded as a leader.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 4th, 1919 (Atlantic City), Died January 26th, 1974 (Livingston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 74766 2/17/1949 Just in case Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 74767 2/17/1949 Gran'ma plays the numbers Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75221 9/1/1949 Maybe it's because Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75222 9/1/1949 I'll keep the lovelight burning Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75241 9/8/1949 Do your duty Billie Holiday instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75242 9/8/1949 Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer Billie Holiday instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75342 9/30/1949 You can't lose a broken heart-1 Louis Armstrong ; Billie Holiday instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75343 9/30/1949 My sweet hunk o'trash-1 Louis Armstrong ; Billie Holiday instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75344 9/30/1949 Now or never Billie Holiday instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76434 5/31/1950 I love the guy Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76435 5/31/1950 Just say I love her Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76442 6/3/1950 Wagon wheels Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76443 6/3/1950 I can't give you anything but love Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76444 6/3/1950 I ain't got nobody Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76662 7/19/1950 Three little words Bill Darnell instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76663 7/19/1950 Pink champagne Bill Darnell instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76664 7/19/1950 Well, oh well Bill Darnell instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76789 8/31/1950 Sit down you're rocking the boat Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76790 8/31/1950 That's what the man said Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76843 9/13/1950 Autumn leaves Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76844 9/13/1950 White Christmas Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76845 9/14/1950 Jingle bells Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76846 9/14/1950 Where or when Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76847 9/14/1950 Blue again Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81326 8/1/1951 At the end of a day Bill Kenny ; The Song Spinners instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81327 8/1/1951 I see God Bill Kenny ; The Song Spinners instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 83301 8/25/1952 I laughed at love Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 83302 8/25/1952 Takes two to tango Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101499 1/29/1957 When did you leave heaven Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101500 1/29/1957 Fools rush in Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101501 1/29/1957 A sinner kissed an angel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101502 1/29/1957 I married an angel Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101503 1/29/1957 You're a heavenly thing Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 101504 1/29/1957 Angel child Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103854 12/2/1957 (I don't stand a) Ghost of a chance-1 Ellis Larkins instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103866 12/2/1957 It's magic Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103867 12/2/1957 A-You're adorable Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103868 12/2/1957 Time was ; It's so peaceful inside Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103869 12/2/1957 A Summer romance Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103870 12/2/1957 Try a little tenderness Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103871 12/2/1957 What is there to say Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103872 12/2/1957 A lover like you Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103873 12/2/1957 It's a most unusual day Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103874 12/2/1957 You're my boy Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103875 12/2/1957 What it's like in Paris Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103876 12/2/1957 Sing a rainbow Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 103877 12/2/1957 Brooklyn love song Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104192 1/23/1958 Sweet Sue, just you-2 Ellis Larkins instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104194 1/23/1958 Can't we talk it over?-2 Ellis Larkins instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104211 1/28/1958 Do it again Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104212 1/28/1958 A woman's intuition Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104213 1/28/1958 Life can be beautiful Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104214 1/28/1958 Mama do I gotta? Beverly Kenney instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104919 5/1/1958 Opening blues Steve Allen Quintet instrumentalist, string bass  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Benjamin, Joe," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303857.

Benjamin, Joe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303857.

"Benjamin, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 March 2021.

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