Joe Eldridge

Joseph Eldridge (1908 – March 5, 1952) was an American jazz alto saxophonist. He was the brother of Roy Eldridge.

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Eldridge played professionally starting in 1927, leading a group called the Elite Serenaders for several years. He played with Speed Webb and Cecil Scott early in the 1930s, and in 1933, co-led an ensemble with his brother. After working with McKinney's Cotton Pickers and Blanche Calloway, he joined his brother's new band in late 1936, remaining with the group until 1940. Following this he played briefly with Buddy Johnson, then with Zutty Singleton from 1941 to 1943.

Eldridge led his own band at the club Jimmy Ryan's in 1943, then relocated to Los Angeles, where he worked with Singleton and his brother Roy again and also with Hot Lips Page. He spent most of the second half of the 1940s playing in Canada. In 1950 he moved back to New York City, where he worked briefly teaching music, before his death in New York in March 1952.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1908 (Pittsburgh), Died March 5, 1952 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W26900 10-in. 6/07/1940 I'm pulling through Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Columbia W26901 10-in. 6/07/1940 Tell me more and more (and then some) Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Columbia W26902 10-in. 6/07/1940 Laughing at life Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Columbia W26903 10-in. 6/07/1940 Time on my hands Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 67292 10-in. 3/12/1940 Elephant swing Franz Jackson and his Jacksonians instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 67293 10-in. 3/12/1940 Boogie woogie camp meeting Franz Jackson and his Jacksonians instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 67294 10-in. 3/12/1940 Summer rhapsody Franz Jackson and his Jacksonians instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 67295 10-in. 3/12/1940 You're the maker of rain in my heart Franz Jackson and his Jacksonians instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 69114 10-in. 5/1/1941 I'm my baby's baby Buddy Johnson and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 69115 10-in. 5/1/1941 New Please Mr. Johnson Buddy Johnson and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 69116 10-in. 5/1/1941 It's the gold Buddy Johnson and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 69117 10-in. 5/1/1941 Troyon Club swing Buddy Johnson and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 69118 10-in. 5/1/1941 Southern exposure Buddy Johnson and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72165 10-in. 5/24/1944 That's the lick Sam Price Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72166 10-in. 5/24/1944 Jumpin' for you Sam Price Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72167 10-in. 5/24/1944 Too late now Sam Price Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72168 10-in. 5/24/1944 Jodie man Sam Price Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72297 10-in. 6/26/1944 I can't get started Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72298 10-in. 6/26/1944 After you've gone Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72299 10-in. 6/26/1944 Body and soul Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72430 10-in. 10/13/1944 Fish market Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72431 10-in. 10/13/1944 Twilight time Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72432 10/13/1944 St. Louis blues Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73688 9/24/1946 Lover come back to me Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73689 9/24/1946 Rockin' chair Roy Eldridge Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Eldridge, Joe," accessed June 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/313836.

Eldridge, Joe. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/313836.

"Eldridge, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 June 2024.

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