Taj Mahal's Tuba Band; from inner gatefold of CBS S 66288; photographer: Bruce Steinberg
Taj Mahal's Tuba Band; from inner gatefold of CBS S 66288; photographer: Bruce Steinberg

Tuba/Sousaphone
as blues instrument
   Achtung:
Not all recordings listed here are 'blues' in a pure sense
This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

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tuba / sousaphone as blues instrument
#year
of
release
titlelabel # / notes
11928Sharlie English

- Transom Blues (20346-2)
- Tuba Lawdy Blues (20352-1)

rec. c. February 1928 in Chicago, IL; Sharlie English (Sharlie King), voc, Tiny Parham, p; Bert Cobb, bb



Paramount 12610
1a1928Blind Lemon Jefferson / Tampa Red

Blind Lemon Jefferson
- How Long How Long (20788-1)

Tampa Red
- Through Train Blues (20544-2) #

# rec. Chicago, c. May 1928 with unknown tuba player


Paramount 12685
21928Emma Wright / Bobbie Cadillac

Emma Wright
- Lonesome Trail Blues (147596-2) #
Bobbie Cadillac
- Carbolic Acid Blues (147599-2)

# rec. Dallas, Tx., December 7, 1928 Emma Wright, voc, Leroy Williams, t; unknown, cl; unknown, p; unknown, bb


Columbia 14413-D
31929Bessie Tucker

- Better Boot That Thing (55328-1,-2) #
- Katy Blues (55329-1,-2)

rec. August 10, 1929 in Dallas, Tx.; Bessie Tucker, voc; K.D. Johnson, p, # presumably voc; Jesse Thomas, g; unknown, bb

Victor V38542
41964Doctor Clayton

- Angels In Harlem
- On The Killin' Floor #

- Cheating And Lying
- Watch Out Mama

# Ransom Knowling, tuba
rec. Chicago, March 27, 1942

EP
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RCA RCX 7177 (RCA
Victor Race Series Vol. 6)

read liner notes

Doctor Clayton
discography

51970Doctor Clayton And His Buddy:
Pearl Harbour Blues


Doctor Clayton
- My Own Blues #
- Moonshine Women Blues #
- Pearl Harbor Blues #
- Ain't No Business We Can Do #
- I Need My Baby
- Ain't Gonna Drink No More
- Root Doctor Blues
- Cooper Colored Mama


Doctor Clayton's Buddy (Albert Luandrew) [Sunnyland Slim]
- Farewell Little Girl
- Broke And Hungry
- Illinois Central
- Nappy Head Woman
- Across The Hall Blues
- Walking With The Blues
- Sweet Lucy Blues
- No Whiskey Blues

# Ransom Knowling, brass bass (tuba)
rec. Chicago, March 27, 1942

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RCA INT 1176

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Doctor Clayton
discography

61971Taj Mahal: Happy Just To Be Like I Am

- Happy Just To Be Like I Am #
- Stealin'
- Oh Susanna
- Eighteen Hammers


- Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day #
- Chevrolet
- West Indian Revelation
- Black Spirit Boogie

with Howard Johnson, tuba




CBS S 64447
71971Taj Mahal: The Real Thing
Live at Fillmore East

- Fishin' Blues
- Ain't Gwine To Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')
- Sweet Mama Janisse

- Going Up To The Country And Paint My Mailbox Blue
- Big Kneed Gal
- You're Going To Need Somebody On Your Bond


- Tom And Sally Drake
- Diving Duck Blues
- John, Ain' It Hard
- She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride

- You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love The Way You Strut Your Stuff

with Howard Johnson (double B flat, F), Bob Stewart (double C), Joseph Dailey (double B flat), and Earle McIntyre (E flat), tubas

DLP



CBS S 66288
81972Taj Mahal: Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff

- Conch (Introduction)
- Kalimba
- Bound To Love Me Some
- Ricochet
- A Free Song
- Corinna


- Cakewalk Into Town #
- Sweet Home Chicago
- Texas Woman Blues
- Gitano Negro

# with Howard Johnson, tuba




Columbia KC 31605


= Columbia MFCD 764

91972B.B. King: L.A. Midnight

- I Got Some Help I Don't Need #
- Help The Poor
- Can't You Hear Me Talking To You?
- Midnight


- Sweet Sixteen
- (I Believe) I've Been Blue Too Long #
- Lucille's Granny #

# Red Callender, tuba




ABC ABCX-743
101973Tampa Red: Bottleneck Guitar 1928-1937

Frankie Jaxon
- It's Heated
Tampa Red
- You Got To Reap What You Sow
- What Is It That Tastes Like Gravy
Ma Rainey
- Black Eye Blues 20898-1
Tampa Red
- The Duck Yas YaS Yas
Madlyn Davis
- It's Red Hot
Georgia Tom
- If You Want Me To Love You

Tampa Red
- No Matter How She Done It

- Through Train Blues #
- Seminole Blues
Madlyn Davis
- Too Black Bad
Tampa Red
- Come On Mama Do That Dance
- Denver Blues
Lil Johnson
- House Rent Scuffle

# with unknown tuba player

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Yazoo L 1039
111977Leon Redbone
Double Time


- Diddy Wa Diddie #
- Nobody's Sweetheart
- Shine On Harvest Moon
- Crazy Blues

- Mississippi Delta Blues #
- Mr. Jelly Roll Baker
- My Melancholy Baby
- Sheik Of Araby
- Mississippi River Blues
- Winin' Boy Blues
- If We Never Meet Again The Side Of Heaven

# Jonathan Dorn, tuba




Warner Bros. WB 56301
121978Ry Cooder: Jazz

- Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now
- Face To Face That I Shall Meet Him #
- The Pearls / Tia Juana
- The Dream

- Happy Meeting In Glory #

- In A Mist
- Flashes
- Davenport Blues
- Shine
- Nobody

- We Shall Be Happy #

# Red Callender, tuba




Warner Brothers WB 56488
131978Leon Redbone
Champagne Charlie


- Champagne Charlie
- Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

- Sweet Sue, Just You +
- The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart)
- Alabama Jubilee #

- Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
- Yearning (Just For You) #
- If Someone Would Only Love Me #
- I Hate A Man Like You
- T. B. Blues

+ Vince Giordano, tuba
# John Dorn, tuba




Warner Bros. WB 56533




= Warner Bros. CD 3165-2

141981Leon Redbone
From Branch To Branch


- (Mama's Got a Baby Named) Te Na Na
- A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
- Sweet Mama (Papa's Getting Mad)
- Step It Up and Go

- Your Cheatin' Heart #
- Seduced *

- Why
- My Blue Heaven
- Extra Blues
- When You Wish Upon a Star
- Prairie Lullaby

# Jonathan Dorn, tuba
* Jim Self, tuba




Atco EC 38-136
151983Hans Theessink:
Baby Wants To Boogie


- Weary Blues From Waitin’
- River’s Invitation
- Down Where The Drunkards Roll
- John Hurt - Creole Belle
- Goodbye Monday Blues
- Mississippi You’re On My Mind
- Titanic
- L.A. Freeway

- Shake Hands With The Sun #
- Play It Again Sam
- Aragon Mill
- Almost Every Circumstance - Witte Wieve

# Per Knudsen, tuba




Blue Groove BG-3020
161985Leon Redbone
Red To Blue


- Diamonds Don't Mean A Thing
- Lovesick Blues
- Reaching For Someone And Not Finding Anyone There
- Somebody Stole My Gal
- Steal Away Blues

- Salty Dog #
- Border Of The Quarter
- Someday, Sweetheart
- Whose Honey Are You?
- Living With The Blues
- Nobody Cares If I'm Blue
- Think Of Me Thinking Of You

# Big Jonny Dong, tuba




August AS 8888
171987Doctor Clayton:
Gotta Find My Baby


- Doctor Clayton Blues
- Watch Out Mama
- Cheating And Lying Blues
- Gotta Find My Baby

- Honey Stealin' Blues #
- My Own Blues #
- On The Killin' Floor #
- Moonshine Women Blues #

- Pearl Harbor Blues #
- Ain't No Business We Can Do #
- I Need My Baby
- Ain't Gonna Drink No More
- Angels In Harlem
- Root Doctor Blues
- Cooper Colored Mama
- Hold That Train, Conductor

# Ransom Knowling, brass bass (tuba)
rec. Chicago, March 27, 1942

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Bluetime BT-2005

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Doctor Clayton
discography

181987Hans Theessink:
Baby Wants To Boogie


- Baby Wants To Boogie
- My Baby Changed The Lock On Her Door
- Slidin’ Delta
- Stones In My Passway
- Nobody’s Fault But Mine
- Darkest Hour
- Southsea Shuffle
- Hunted Man
- Went To The Doctor
- When Things Go Wrong

Jon Sass, tuba




Blue Groove BG-1020
191989Hans Theessink:
Johnny & The Devil


- Johnny & The Devil
- Travelling Man
- Sitting In Limbo
- Living In The Fast Lane
- Mississippi
- Flying Shoes
- Shake Hands With The Sun
- Dough Roller Blues
- Grinning In Your Face
- False Accusations

Jon Sass, tuba




Blue Groove BG-2020
201992Hans Theessink: Call Me

- Late Last Night
- Call Me
- Mabellene
- Lonely Days & Lonely Nights
- Soul Of Song
- Ain't Got No Home
- The Planet
- New Orleans
- Rock The Boat
- Bluesdoctor
- Cuckoo
- Sail On

Jon Sass, tuba




MW Records MWCD 2004
211993Hans Theessink & Blue Groove live

- Built For Comfort
- Jesus On The Mainline

- Charly Stone
- I Shall Not Be Moved
- Call Me
- Yes We Can Can
- Rock The Boat
- Cocaine Blues
- The Planet
- Will The Circle Be Unbroken
- Shake Your Moneymaker

Jon Sass, tuba




Minor Music 801038
221994Hans Theessink:
Hard Road Blues


- Big Bill's Guitar
- Hard Road Blues
- You Make Me Feel So Good
- Prison Blues
- Two Trains
- Blind Willie
- Sugar Babe
- Minnibelle
- Vicksburg Is My Home
- One Kind Favour
- Shotgun Blues
- Cypress Grove
- Sitting On Top Of The World

Jon Sass, tuba




Minor Music 801047
231994Taj Mahal
An Evening Of Acoustic Music


- Stagger Lee
- Dust My Broom
- Take This Hammer
- Blues With A Feeling
- Big Legged Mamas Are Back In Style Again
- Crossing
- Come On In My Kitchen
- Candy Man
- Statisfied 'N' Tickled Too
- Sittin' On Top Of The World

- Cake Walk Into Town #
- Ain't Gwine To Whistle Dixie Anymo'
- Big Kneed Gal #
- Texas Woman Blues #
- Tom & Sally Drake #

# Howard Johnson, tuba




Tradition & Moderne 004
241994Doctor Clayton:
Complete Recorded Works (1935-1942)


- Peter's Blues
- Yo Yo Jive
- Roaming Gambler
- Slick Man Blues
- False Love Blues
- Something Going On Wrong
- Black Snake Blues
- '41 Blues
- Moonshine Man Blues
- Back Door Man Blues
- Jitterbug Swing
- Love Is Gone
- Confessin' The Blues
- Streaming Love
- Doctor Clayton Blues
- Watch Out Mama
- Cheating And Lying Blues
- Gotta Find My Baby

- Honey Stealin' Blues #
- My Own Blues #
- On The Killin' Floor #
- Moonshine Woman Blues #
- Pearl Harbor Blues #
- Ain't No Business We Can Do #

# Ransom Knowling, brass bass (tuba)
rec. Chicago, March 27, 1942

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Document DOCD 5179

www.document-records.com

Doctor Clayton
discography

251994Palermo Boogie Gang: Bottle Up & Go

- Goin' To Budapest
- Tell Me Mama
- Five Long Years
- Robert's Sunrise
- Talk To Your Daughter
- Oh, Oh, Hugh
- Sugar Sweet
- Blues With The Feeling

- The Bourgeois Blues #
- I Can't Know Everything
- Don't Start Crying Now
- Going To Budapest
- C.C. Rider
- Iko Iko
- Rockin' Chair Boogie

# Tibor Béneyi, tuba


(Hu)
261996Bob Stewart: Then & Now

- Hambone
- Big Kneed Gal
- King Porter Stomp
- You Don't Know What Love Is
- Rambler
- Fishin' Blues
- Nette
- Tunk
- Law Years
- Nubian Stomp



Postcards POST 1014

more info / order

271996Dr. Valter & The Lawbreakers:
Sitting On The Top Of The World


- Keep Rockin Mama #
- Canned Heat Blues #
- Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl #
- Mother Before This Time Another Year
- Cocaine Habit Blues

- Li'l Liza Jane #
- Police And High Sheriff Come Ridin' Down
- Cut You Loose #
- Ain't Goin' Down
- Try Me One More Time
- Mercedes Benz

- Drop Down Mama #
- Goin' To Brownsville #
- Shim Shaming

Tibor Béneyi, tuba


Fonó / Crossroads (Hu)
281997Corey Harris: Fish Ain't Bitin'

- High Fever Blues #
- Frankie And Johnnie
- Berry Owens Blues
- Take Me Back

- Fish Ain't Bitin' #
- Preaching Blues
- Bumble Bee Blues
- God Don't Ever Change

- 5-0 Blues #
- Mama Got Worried
- Worried Life Blues
- High Fever Blues (Solo Version)
- Jack O'Diamonds
- If You Leave Me
- Moosemilk Blues
- You Got To Move

- Clean Rag #

# Anthony 'Tuba Fats' Lacen, tuba




Alligator ALCD 4850
291998Dr. Valter & The Lawbreakers:
Skin Game Blues


- Walk Right In
- I'm Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan

- Greasy Greens #
- Brother Of Mine
- Cotton Eyed Joe

- After You Have Gone #
- Mountain Hop
- Thats No Way To Get Along #
- Hoochie Coochie Man
- 5-0 Blues #
- How Much More
- Here I Am Oh Lord
- Write Me A Few Lines

# Tibor Béneyi, tuba


Fonó / Crossroads (Hu)
302000Steve James: Boom Chang

- Galway Station Blues
- The Gina Reel
- Way Out On The Desert
- Stack O' Lee's Blues
- Born To Lose

- Country Fool #
- Squaw Teat Mountain Breakdown
- Willie's Place
- Been All Around This World
- Voice Mail
- Sonny Payne
- Saturday Night In Jail
- Saturday Night In Jail...Chorus Reprise
- Seeds
- (untitled) - (hidden track)

# Mark Rubin, tuba


Burnside CD 38
312002Doctor Clayton: Angels In Harlem

- Peter's Blues
- Yo You Jive
- Slick Man Blues
- Black Snake Blues
- '41 Blues
- Back Door Man Blues
- Jitterbug Swing
- Love Is Gone
- Confessin' The Blues
- Doctor Clayton Blues
- Watch Out Mama
- Cheating And Lying Blues
- Gotta Find My Baby

- Honey Stealin' Blues #
- Pearl Harbor Blues #
- Ain't No Business We Can Do #
- I Need My Baby
- Ain't Gonna Drink No More
- Angels In Harlem
- Root Doctor Blues
- Copper Colored Mama
- Hold That Train Conductor

# Ransom Knowling, brass bass (tuba)
rec. Chicago, March 27, 1942

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P-Vine PCD-5774 (Jp)

Doctor Clayton
discography

322005Someday Baby:
Bonus Tracks / Backbone Move


- She Caught The Katy & Left Me A Mule To Ride
- Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
- Give Me One Reason
- Fishing Blues
- The Duck Yas Yas
- Long Haired Doney
- Runnin’ To The Judgment
- Skinny Woman
- Please Baby
- Louisiana Blues
- Keep It Clean
- Shake ‘Em On Down
- Dry Spell Blues
- Casey Jones
- Don’t Let The Devil Ride
- Charmin’ Betsy
- She Caught The Katy (Pilu Classic Mix)

János Mazura, tuba

Prospero (Hu)


= Flamingcheese (Ca 2006)

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Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources:
- own record collection
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: The Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English.- Oxford University Press 1963, p. 1085

thanks to Csaba Gal Boogie (Budapest, Hungary) and Paul Vernon for additional info

 

Johnny Jones, Ransom Knowling, Tampa Red, Odie Payne; RCA-Studio, Chicago, 1950
Johnny Jones, Ransom Knowling, Tampa Red, Odie Payne; RCA-Studio, Chicago, 1950
(source: Blues Forum 2 (1981), p. 4; click picture to enlarge!)

 

Hans Theessink and Blue Groove; from back cover of Minor Music 801038
Hans Theessink & Jon Sass; from back cover of Minor Music 801038
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