Chelsea Ellsworth Quealey (March 12, 1905 in Sandy Hook, Connecticut – May 6, 1950 in Las Vegas, Nevada) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Quealey began as a reedist but eventually settled on trumpet, playing with Jan Garber in 1925 and the California Ramblers in 1926-27. Between 1927 and 1929 he played in England, on recordings with Fred Elizalde and also in Bert Firman's band. Upon his return to the U.S. he worked with Don Voorhees, Paul Whiteman, and Ben Pollack in the early 1930s, and later in the decade with Isham Jones (1935–36), Red McKenzie, Joe Marsala, Frankie Trumbauer (1937), and Bob Zurke (1939-40). In the early and middle 1940s he played Dixieland jazz at Nick's in New York City. In 1946 he moved to California, where he essentially retired due to heart problems.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1905 (Sandy Hook), Died May 6, 1950 (Las Vegas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 53 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 470 10-in. Jan. 1928 Dixie Bobby Davis ; Fred Elizalde Hot Music ; Chelsea Quealey ; Adrian Rollini Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Brunswick 471 10-in. Jan. 1928 Tiger rag Bobby Davis ; Fred Elizalde Hot Music ; Chelsea Quealey ; Adrian Rollini Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38496 10-in. 8/31/1934 Blue room Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38497 10-in. 8/31/1934 I've found a new baby Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38498 10-in. 8/31/1934 Sweet Sue, just you Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38499 10-in. 8/31/1934 Tiger rag Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38500 10-in. 8/31/1934 You're O.K. Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38502 10-in. 8/31/1934 Dallas blues Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38503 10-in. 8/31/1934 China boy Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38504 10-in. 8/31/1934 Four or five times Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38505 10-in. 8/31/1934 Where the arrow points to home Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38506 10-in. 8/31/1934 Here come the British Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38507 10-in. 8/31/1934 Pardon my Southern accent Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38508 10-in. 8/31/1934 Jimtown blues Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38509 10-in. 8/31/1934 Black magic Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38515 10-in. 9/4/1934 Panama Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38516 10-in. 9/4/1934 Out of space Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38517 10-in. 9/4/1934 Blue lament Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38518 10-in. 9/4/1934 For all we know Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38519 10-in. 9/4/1934 I only have eyes for you Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38520 10-in. 9/4/1934 Then I'll be tired of you Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38521 10-in. 9/4/1934 Don't let it happen again Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38522 10-in. 9/4/1934 I never had a chance Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38523 10-in. 9/4/1934 When you climb those golden stairs Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38524 10-in. 9/4/1934 If we should never meet again Isham Jones Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 53 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Quealey, Chelsea," accessed January 16, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338685.

Quealey, Chelsea. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 16, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338685.

"Quealey, Chelsea." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 16 January 2022.

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