Carl Smith

Carl "Tatti" Smith (born c. 1908, date of death unknown) was an American jazz trumpeter, best known for his performances with Count Basie and others in the 1930s and 1940s.

He was born in Marshall, Texas, probably around 1908 although details are unknown. He played in bands such as those of George Corley and Terrence Holder in and around Kansas City in the early 1930s. He also toured in California with Gene Coy's band, and played in Texas with Alphonso Trent. By 1936 he had returned to Kansas City, where he played in Count Basie's band with Lester Young, Walter Page, Jo Jones, and Jimmy Rushing. He was also co-leader with Jo Jones of a sextet, Jones–Smith, Inc., a faux name given by John Hammond as Basie was under contract to Decca, which gave Lester Young an historical solo. In 1937 he joined Skeets Tolbert's Gentlemen of Swing. In the late 1930s and early 1940s he played with a number of popular bands including those of Benny Carter, Leon Abbey, Oran "Hot Lips" Page, and Chris Columbus.

After the end of World War Two, Smith traveled to South America. He performed in Argentina and Brazil during the 1950s. However, no record of him seems to exist after that time.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1908

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 38 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 61542 10-in. 1/21/1937 Honeysuckle rose Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 61543 10-in. 1/21/1937 Pennies from heaven Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 61544 10-in. 1/21/1937 Swinging at the Daisy Chain Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 61545 10-in. 1/21/1937 Roseland shuffle Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 65085 10-in. 3/1/1939 Skin 'em back Babe Hines ; Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 65086 10-in. 3/1/1939 Get up Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 65087 10-in. 3/1/1939 Bouncing in rhythm Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 65088 10-in. 3/1/1939 I've lost my head over you Babe Hines ; Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 65091 10-in. 3/1/1939 This is the end Babe Hines ; Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 65923 10-in. 7/5/1939 The stuff 's out Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 65924 10-in. 7/5/1939 Railroad blues Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 65925 10-in. 7/5/1939 I'm blowin' my top Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 65926 10-in. 7/5/1939 Fine piece of meat Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 65927 10-in. 7/5/1939 Swing out Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 67101 10-in. 1/24/1940 Gimme something like that Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 67102 10-in. 1/24/1940 Hole holy roly - poly Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 67103 10-in. 1/24/1940 Raz-ma-taz Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 67104 10-in. 1/24/1940 Harlem ain't what it usta be Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 67296 10-in. 3/12/1940 Papa's in bed with his britches on-1 Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 67297 10-in. 3/12/1940 W.P.A. -1 Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 67298 10-in. 3/12/1940 I can't go for you Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 67299 10-in. 3/12/1940 Jumpin' Jack Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 68191 10-in. 10/2/1940 Sammy's chopping block Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 68192 10-in. 10/2/1940 Jumpin's like mad Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 68193 10-in. 10/2/1940 Sugar boogie Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 38 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Carl," accessed December 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344236.

Smith, Carl. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344236.

"Smith, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 December 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344236

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