Joe Muranyi

Joseph P. "Joe" Muranyi (January 14, 1928 – April 20, 2012) was an American jazz clarinetist, producer and critic.

Muranyi studied with Lennie Tristano but was primarily interested in early jazz styles such as Dixieland and swing. After playing in a United States Army Air Forces band, he moved to New York City in the 1950s and attended the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University. In the 1950s he played under Eddie Condon, collaborating with Jimmy McPartland, Max Kaminsky, Yank Lawson, Bobby Hackett, and Red Allen. During that decade he also played with the Red Onion Jazz Band (1952–54), Danny Barker (1958), and Wingy Manone.

In 1963, Muranyi played with The Village Stompers, a Dixieland band which reached the pop charts with its song "Washington Square". From 1967 to 1971 he was the clarinetist with the Louis Armstrong All-Stars. Armstrong, after initially struggling to pronounce Muranyi's Hungarian family name, introduced him on stage as "Joe Ma Rainey", to Muranyi's own amusement. Following this he played with Roy Eldridge, World's Greatest Jazz Band (1975), Cozy Cole, Lionel Hampton, Herman Autrey, Wild Bill Davison, Zutty Singleton, and others.

Muranyi did extensive work as a record producer and wrote liner notes for hundreds of albums. He was also an enthusiastic vocalist and played both soprano and tenor saxophone.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 14th, 1928 (Martins Ferry), Died April 20th, 2012

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1967 - 1968

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 119428 11/1/1967 The happy time Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 119429 11/1/1967 I believe Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 119430 11/1/1967 The gypsy in my soul Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 119431 11/1/1967 That's my desire Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 120103 3/26/1968 Sunrise, sunset Louis Armstrong All-Stars instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 120104 3/26/1968 I will wait for you Louis Armstrong All-Stars instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 120105 3/26/1968 Talk to the animals Louis Armstrong All-Stars instrumentalist, clarinet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Muranyi, Joe," accessed April 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333006.

Muranyi, Joe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333006.

"Muranyi, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 April 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333006

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