Taj Mahal's Tuba Band; source: Inner gatefold of CBS S 66288; photographer: Bruce Steinberg
Taj Mahal's Tuba Band; source: 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.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

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

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

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) #   @ youtube

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

Paramount 12685
21928Emma Wright / Bobbie Cadillac

Emma Wright
- Lonesome Trail Blues (147596-2) #   @ youtube
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) #   @ youtube
- Katy Blues (55329-1,-2)   @ youtube

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 #   @ youtube

- Cheating And Lying
- Watch Out Mama


# Ransom Knowling, tuba
rec. Chicago, March 27, 1942
EP
click to enlarge !

click to read liner notes !
RCA RCX 7177 (RCA
Victor Race Series Vol. 6)


Doctor Clayton discography

51970Doctor Clayton And His Buddy: Pearl Harbour Blues

Doctor Clayton
- My Own Blues #   @ youtube
- Moonshine Woman Blues #   @ youtube
- Pearl Harbor Blues #   @ youtube
- Ain't No Business We Can Do #   @ youtube
- 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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click to read liner notes !
RCA INT 1176


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
click to enlarge!

click to enlarge!
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 Waitiní
- Riverís Invitation
- Down Where The Drunkards Roll
- John Hurt - Creole Belle
- Goodbye Monday Blues
- Mississippi Youíre 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 [Jonathan Dorn], 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
click to enlarge !

click to enlarge !
Bluetime BT-2005

read liner notes

Doctor Clayton
discography

181987Hans Theessink: Baby Wants To Boogie

- Baby Wants To Boogie
- My Baby Changed The Lock On Her Door
- Slidiní Delta
- Stones In My Passway
- Nobodyís 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
click to enlarge !
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; produced and arranged by Larry Hoffman



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
click to enlarge !
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
- Runniní To The Judgment
- Skinny Woman
- Please Baby
- Louisiana Blues
- Keep It Clean
- Shake ĎEm On Down
- Dry Spell Blues
- Casey Jones
- Donít Let The Devil Ride
- Charminí Betsy
- She Caught The Katy (Pilu Classic Mix)

János Mazura, tuba
Prospero (Hu)


= Flamingcheese (Ca 2006)

http://cdbaby.com



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), Paul Vernon, Tom de Lombarde and Larry Hoffman 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

 

Stefan Wirz


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