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A Life in RagtimeA Biography of James Reese Europe$

Reid Badger

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337969

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337969.001.0001

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(p.235) Appendix 2 James Reese Europe Discography

(p.235) Appendix 2 James Reese Europe Discography

Source:
A Life in Ragtime
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Compiled from record labels, record company recording books and announcements, newspapers, concert programs, and the following sources: Brian Rust, Jazz Records 1897–1942 (New Rochelle, N.Y.: Arlington House, 1978); Record Research 1 (December 1955), pp. 3–5; Michael Montgomery, “Exploratory Discography of Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake, and James Reese Europe” in Kimball and Bolcom, Reminiscing with Sissle and Blake, pp. 247–54; and Max Harrison, Charles Fox, and Eric Thacker, The Essential Jazz Records: Ragtime to Swing, vol. 1 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1984), pp. 19–20.

Organized under recording dates as follows:

  1. 1. Title.

  2. 2. Composer (Matrix no.) label/issue no. Label abbreviations:

    1. a. VIC—RCA Victor

    2. b. HMV—His Master's Voice

    3. c. PF—Pathé Frere

    4. d. PA—Pathé Actuelle

    5. e. PER—Perfect

  3. 3. Reissues:

    1. a. NW260—New World 260 Shuffle Along.

    2. b. NW269—New World 269 Steppin'on the Gas.

    3. c. SD221—Saydisc 221 (Br.) Ragtime, Cakewalks & Stomps, vol. 3: The Bands of Jim Europe and Arthur Pryor (1907–1919).

    4. d. SD253—Saydisc 253 (Br.) Ragtime, Cakewalks & Stomps, vol. 4: “Rusty Rags” (1900–1917).

    5. e. RCA42402—RCA PM 42402 (Fr.) Ragtime, vol. 2: Cakewalks, etc. (1900–1921).

  4. 4. U.S. Library Holdings (from the Rigler and Deutsch Index):

    • NSY—Syracuse University

    • NN—N.Y. Public Library

    • DLC—Library of Congress

    • CTY—Yale University

    • CST—Stanford University

A. Europe's Society Orchestra

Europe, director; Cricket Smith, cornet; Edgar Campbell or John Russell, clarinet; Tracy Cooper, George Smith, Walter Scott, Allie Ross, James Van Hooten, or William Tyler, violins; Leonard Smith, Ford Dabney, piano; Buddy Gilmore or (p.236) George Jenkins, drums. Five unknown banjos/mandolins that may include Opal Cooper, Lloyd Smith, William C. Elkins, Joe Meyers, George Waters, or Joe Grey.

December 29, 1913; New York City

  1. 1. “Too Much Mustard/One Step or Turkey Trot”

    • C. Macklin (14246–1) VIC 35359–A, HMV 0230588(as “Trés Moutarde”)

    • SD221, RCA42402

    • CTY, DLC, CST, NN

  2. 2. “Down Home Rag/One Step or Turkey Trot”

    • W. C. Sweatman (14247–2) VIC 35359–B

    • SD221, RCA 42402

    • CTT, DLC, CST, NN

  3. 3. “Irresistable/Tango Argentine”

    • L. Logatti (14249–1) VIC 35360–A

    • No reissues

    • CTY, DLC, CST, NN

  4. 4. “Amapa/Maxixe Bresilien (Le Vrai)”

    • J. Storoni (14248–1) VIC 35360–B

    • No reissues

    • CTY, DLC, CST, NN

February 10, 1914; New York City

Add Chandler Ford or Leonard Jeter, cello; Fred Covite, flute; George De Leon, baritone, and George Heyward, bass. Drop all banjo/mandolins

  1. 1. “Congratulations Waltz (Castles’ Lame Duck)”

    • J. R. Europe (14435–1) VIC 35372–A

    • No reissues

    • CTY

  2. 2. “Castle House Rag (Castles in Europe)”

    • J. R. Europe (14433–3) VIC 35372–B

    • NW269, RCA42402

    • CTY, CST

  3. 3. “Castle Walk”

    • J. R. Europe/F. T.Dabney (14434–2) VIC 17553–1, HMV B–258

    • SD253, NW269, RCA42402

    • CTY

  4. 4. “You're Here and I'm Here/One Step”

    • J. D. Kern (14432–1) VIC 17553–B

    • SD253, RCA42402

    • CTY, NSY

October 1, 1914; New York City

Add William Parquette, violin. Drop 1 piano

  1. 1. “Fiora Waltz”

    • J. R. Europe (15230–1–2) VIC-rejected

  2. 2. “Fox Trot”

    • Unknown (15231–1–2) VIC-rejected

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B. Lieut. Jim Europe's 369th Infantry (“Hellfighters”) Band

Europe, director; Frank de Broit, Russell Smith, Pops Foster (not the bass player), Jake Porter, cornets/trumpets; Ward “Dope” Andrews, Amos Gilliard, Raphael Hernández, Herb Flemming, trombones; Elige Rijos, Antonio Gonzáles, Jesús Hernández, Arturo Ayala, Pinkhead Parker, reeds; Steve Wright, Herbert Wright, Whitney Viney, Karl Kenny, drums; Noble Sissle, violin and vocals. Other possible personnel include Piccolo Jones, Calvin Jones, Lee Perry, and Alex Jackson.

March 3–7, 1919; New York City

  1. 1. “Broadway Hit Medley”

    1. a. Intro: “I've Got the Blue Ridge Blues”

    2. b. “Madelon” (A. Bryan and C. Robert)

    3. c. “Till We Meet Again” (R. Whiting)

    4. d. “Smiles” (J. W. Callahan and L. S. Robert)

      (67470) PF 22082-A

      No Reissues

      NSY

  2. 2. “St. Louis Blues”

    • W. C. Handy (67471) PF 22087

    • No Reissues

    • No Holdings

  3. 3. “How ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm?” Vocal

    • W. Donaldson, S. M. Lewis, J. Young (67472)

    • PF22080-A

    • NW260

    • DLC

  4. 4. “Arabian Hights”

    • David/Hewitt (67473) PF 22080–B

    • No Reissues

    • CTY

  5. 5. “Darktown Strutters’ Ball”

    • S. Brooks (67475) PF 22081–A

    • SD221

    • DLC

  6. 6. “Indianola”

    • D. Onivas (ne D. Savino) (67474) PF 22081–B

    • SD221

    • DLC

March 7, 1919; New York City

  1. 1. “That Moaning Trombone”

    • T. Bethel (67485) PF 22085–A, PA 020929, PER 14111

    • SD221

    • CST

  2. (p.238) 2. “Memphis Blues”

    • W. C. Handy (67486) PF 22085–B, PA 020929, PER 14111

    • NW269, SD221

    • CST

  3. 3. “Hesitating Blues”

    • W. C. Handy (67481) PF 22086–B

    • SD221

    • No Holdings

  4. 4. “Plantation Echoes” Vocal

    • Coates (67484) PF 22086–A

    • No Reissues

    • DLC

  5. 5. “Russian Rag”

    • Cobb (67487) PF 22087, PA 020928, PER 14110

    • No Reissues

    • No Holdings

  6. 6. “Ja-Da”

    • B. Carleton (67488) PF 22082–B

    • No Reissues

    • NSY

March 14, 1919; New York City

  1. 1. “Jazz Baby” (Creighton Thompson, vocal)

    • Sissle/Europe/Blake (67517) PF 22103–A

    • No Reissues

    • CTY

  2. 2. “When the Bees Make Honey”

    • W. Donaldson (67520) PF 22103–B

    • No Reissues

    • CTY

  3. 3. “Mirandy” (Sissle, vocal)

    • Sissle/Europe/Blake (67515) PF 22089–A

    • NW260

    • CTY, DLC

  4. 4. “On Patrol in No Man's Land” (Sissle, vocal)

    • Sissle/Europe/Blake (67516) PF 22089–B

    • NW260

    • CTY, DLC

  5. 5. “All of No Man's Land is Ours” (Sissle, vocal)

    • Sissle/Europe/Blake (67518) PF 22104–A

    • No Reissues

    • CTY

  6. 6. “Jazzola” (Sissle, vocal)

    • Robinson/Morse (67519) PF 22104–B

    • No Reissues

    • CTY

May 7, 1919: New York City

(p.239)

  1. 1. “Dixie is Dixie Once More” (Sissle, vocal)

    • Turner/Kard (67670) PF 22146–A

    • No Reissues

    • CTY, NSY

  2. 2. “That's Got'Em”

    • W. C. Sweatman (67667) PF 22146–B

    • No Reissues

    • CTY, NSY

  3. 3. “The Dancing Deacon”

    • Unknown (67666) PF 22167

    • No Reissues

    • No Holdings

  4. 4. “Clarinet Marmalade”

    • L. Shields/H. Ragas (67668) PF 22167, PA 020928,

    • PER 14110

    • NW269

    • No Holdings

  5. 5. “Missouri Blues”

    • Brown (67669) PF 22147-A

    • No Reissues

    • CTY, NSY

  6. 6. “My Choc'late Soldier Sammy Boy” (Sissle, vocal)

    • E. Van Alstyne (67671) PF 22147-B

    • No Reissues

    • CTY, DLC

C. Lieut. Jim Europe's Singing Serenaders

Acappella vocal. Personnel included Noble Sissle and Creighton Thompson and others (L. Gibbs, C. Smith, Whitney Viney, T. Lee, and Arthur Payne)

March, 1919; New York City

  1. 1. “Little David Play on Your Harp” (Sissle, lead)

    • Negro Spiritual (67478) PF 22084-A

    • No Reissues

    • CST, NSY

  2. 2. “Exhortation/Jubilee Song” (Thompson, lead)

    • W. M. Cook (67477) PF 22084-B

    • No Reissues

    • CST, CTY, NSY

  3. 3. “Roll, Jordan, Roll”

    • Negro Spiritual (67522) PF 22105-A, PA 020851-A, PER 11056

    • No Reissues

    • CST, DLC

  4. 4. “Ev'rybody Dat Talks About Heave’ Ain't Goin’ There”

    • Unknown (unk) PF 22105-B

    • No Reissues

    • DLC

(p.240) D. Jim Europe's Four Harmony Kings

Acappella vocal. Personnel included Exodus Drayton, Harold Browning, Horace Berry, and (possibly) Roland Hayes.

March, 1919; New York City

  1. 1. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

    • Negro Spiritual (67672) PF 22187, PA 020851-B, PER 11056

    • No Reissues

    • CST

  2. 2. “One More Ribber to Cross”

    • Negro Spiritual (67673) PF22187

    • No Reissues

    • No Holdings