Tiny Winters

Tiny Winters (Frederick Gittens, 24 January 1909 – 7 February 1996) was an English jazz bassist and vocalist who worked in the bands of Roy Fox, Bert Ambrose, Lew Stone and Ray Noble.

Winters joined Roy Fox in 1932 and stayed with the group when arranger Lew Stone took over as leader due to Fox's illness. He stayed with Stone until 1937 by which point he was also performing with Nat Gonella's 'band within a band', the Georgians. In 1934 he recorded with Coleman Hawkins during the saxophonist's 1934 visit to England and began leading his own bands from the late 30s.

Throughout the 1960s and 70s, he was part of a group led by George Chisholm that were regularly featured in the Black and White Minstrel Show, while continuing to freelance in various groups as well as with his own Palm House Trio. Winters continued to perform live in the 1980s and 90s often with trumpeter Digby Fairweather. In the 1990s he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 24, 1909 (London), Died February 7, 1996 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca GB 4889 10-in. 9/14/1932 I heard Nat Gonella and his Trumpet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca GB 5174 10-in. 11/15/1932 Rockin' chair Nat Gonella and his Trumpet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca GB 5175 10-in. 11/15/1932 When you're smiling Nat Gonella and his Trumpet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca GB 5627 10-in. 3/3/1933 Sing (it's good for ya) Nat Gonella and his Trumpet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 7068 10-in. 11/1/1935 St. Louis blues Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 7069 10-in. 11/1/1935 Sweet Sue Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 7765 10-in. 7/15/1936 Drummer goes to town Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 7766 10-in. 7/15/1936 I got rhythm Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 7767 10-in. 7/15/1936 Beale Street blues Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 7768 10-in. 7/15/1936 Japanese sandman Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 7769 10-in. 7/21/1936 After you've gone Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 7770 10-in. 7/21/1936 Cuban Pete Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 9498 10-in. 12/14/1938 Solitude Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 9501 10-in. 12/14/1938 Blue rhythm of the blues Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 10300 10-in. 2/1/1940 War dance for wooden Indians Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 10302 10-in. 2/1/1940 Manhattan maroomba Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 10303 10-in. 2/1/1940 Busking around Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca CE 10434 10-in. 4/4/1940 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots instrumentalist, string bass  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Winters, Tiny," accessed May 29, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351298.

Winters, Tiny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 29, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351298.

"Winters, Tiny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 29 May 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/351298

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