Matthew Gee (November 25, 1925, Houston, Texas – July 18, 1979, New York City) was an American bebop trombonist and part-time actor.
Gee played trumpet and baritone as a child, and took up the trombone at age 11. After studying at Alabama State University, he played with Coleman Hawkins before doing a stint in the Army. Following this, he played with Dizzy Gillespie (1946–1949), Joe Morris, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt (1950), Count Basie (1951), Illinois Jacquet (1952–1954), Lou Donaldson (1954), Sarah Vaughan (1956), and Gillespie again in 1957. In 1956 he released his only record as a bandleader on Riverside Records. From 1959 to 1963 he played on and off with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Later in the 1960s, he played in small groups with Paul Quinichette and Brooks Kerr, as well as in big bands with Sonny Stitt and Johnny Griffin.
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Birth and Death Data: Born November 25, 1925 (Houston), Died 1979 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1946 - 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone, songwriter
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||D6VB-1955||10-in.||10/7/1946||Feelin' low||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D6VB-1956||10-in.||10/7/1946||Hawk's boogie||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D6VB-1957||10-in.||10/7/1946||Sammy's nightmare||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D6VB-2841||10-in.||9/11/1946||Somebody loves me||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D6VB-2842||10-in.||9/11/1946||I had a good cry||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and trombone solo||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D7VB-2847||10-in.||12/18/1947||Big fat Sam||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell||Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Decca||76827||9/11/1950||so long, goodbye blues||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||76828||9/11/1950||Skippin' and hoppin'||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||76829||9/11/1950||Down beat||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||76830||9/11/1950||Tennessee waltz||Erskine Hawkins Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||81483||10/19/1951||(It's a) Sin||Coleman Hawkins Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||81484||10/19/1951||And so to sleep again||Coleman Hawkins Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gee, Matthew," accessed June 10, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/317292.
Gee, Matthew. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 10, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/317292.
"Gee, Matthew." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 10 June 2023.
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LCNAR: Gee, Matthew, 1925-1979 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no96038694
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