Henry Clay

Henry Clay Goodwin (born January 2, 1910, Columbia, South Carolina - July 2, 1979, New York City) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Goodwin learned to play drums and tuba in addition to trumpet while in high school in Washington, DC; he accompanied Claude Hopkins in Europe in 1925. Late in the 1920s he played with Cliff Jackson and Elmer Snowden, then worked in the 1930s with Lucky Millinder, Willie Bryant, Charlie Johnson, Cab Calloway, Kenny Clarke, and Edgar Hayes. During World War II he worked primarily with Sidney Bechet and Cecil Scott, but turned his focus away from big band ensembles after 1944, working with Scott in small groups as well as with Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow, and Bob Wilber. In the 1950s he played with Jimmy Archey and Earl Hines, and occasionally played with Dixieland revival groups during the 1960s.

Gunther Schuller described Goodwin as "a most assured swing stylist and specialist in the plunger and growl."

Birth and Death Data: Born January 2nd, 1910 (Columbia), Died July 2nd, 1979 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-62599 10-in. 6/6/1930 In dat mornin' Moses Allen ; Chickasaw Syncopators ; Jimmie Lunceford Jazz/dance band, with talk instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-62600 10-in. 6/6/1930 Sweet rhythm Chickasaw Syncopators ; Jimmie Lunceford Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 62140 10-in. 4/21/1937 Honey Clude Hopkins Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 62141 10-in. 4/21/1937 June night Clude Hopkins Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 62142 10-in. 4/21/1937 Church Street sobbin' blues Clude Hopkins Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 62143 10-in. 4/21/1937 My kinda love Clude Hopkins Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73335 1/31/1946 Baby that'll be the day Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73336 1/31/1946 All the cats join in Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73337 1/31/1946 Poor John Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73338 1/31/1946 Ain't that a shame Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73554 5/7/1946 Hi ho trailus boot whip Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73555 4/7/1946 Tippin' out Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73556 5/7/1946 Yard dog Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 73557 5/7/1946 Les bounce Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Clay, Henry," accessed October 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/308809.

Clay, Henry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/308809.

"Clay, Henry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/308809

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