Don Joseph Discography
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Fri, Oct 21, 2011


Date: June 27, 1949 (14:00-17:00)
Location: RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Label: RCA Victor

Lucky Millinder (ldr), Tony Scott (cl), Rudy Powell, Teddy Small (as), Harold Clark, Big John Greer (ts), Tate Houston (bar), Andrew 'Fats' Ford, Frank Galbreath, Don Joseph, Lamar Wright, Sr. (t), Nick Cavas, Alfred Cobbs, Zolman 'Porky' Cohen (tb), Dan Perri (g), Leroy Lovett (p), Horace Holmes (b), Joe Harris (d), Annisteen Allen (v)

a. D9VB1750    In The Middle Of The Night - 2:32  (Jessie Mae Robinson)
     RCA Victor 78: 20-3526 — In The Middle Of The Night/Awful Natural   
     RCA Victor 45: 47-3005 — In The Middle Of The Night/Awful Natural   
     Classics CD: 1173 — 1947-1950   (2001)
b. D9VB1751    Let It Be - 2:45  (Charlie Carpenter, Henri Woode)
     Classics CD: 1173 — 1947-1950   (2001)
c. D9VB1752    Awful Natural - 3:04  (Lucius 'Lucky' Millinder)
     RCA Victor 78: 20-3526 — In The Middle Of The Night/Awful Natural   
     RCA Victor 45: 47-3005 — In The Middle Of The Night/Awful Natural   
     Classics CD: 1173 — 1947-1950   (2001)
d. D9VB1753    Rockin' With Big John - 2:40  (John Marshall Greer)
     Bear Family Records CD: BCD 15554 — Rockin' With Big John   
e. D9VB1754    If I Told You Once (I Told You A Thousand Times)  (Al Russell, Joel Cowan)
     Bear Family Records CD: BCD 15554 — Rockin' With Big John   

Annisteen Allen (v) on a-b, d-e.

According to session log, Tony Scott participated only from 15:45-17:00.

Confirmation needed that Houston plays his usual baritone saxophone, rather than tenor saxophone as listed in other sources.


Date: April 3, 1950
Location: Nola Penthouse Sound Studio, New York City
Label: [private recording]

Gene Roland (ldr), Joe Maini, Charlie Parker (as), Al Cohn, Tommy Makagon, Zoot Sims (ts), Marty Flax, Robert Newman (bar), Marty Bell, Don Ferrara, Neil Freiz, Don Joseph, Jon Neilson, Al Porcino, Sonny Rich, Red Rodney (t), Eddie Bert, Zolman 'Porky' Cohen, Jimmy Knepper, Paul Selden (tb), Frank Orchard (vtb), Sam Herman (g), Harry Biss (p), Buddy Jones (b), Phil Arabia, Freddie Gruber, Don Manning (d), Gene Roland (con)

a. tk 1    It's A Wonderful World - 1:36  (Jan Savitt, Harold Adamson, Johnny Watson) / arr: Gene Roland
b. tk 2    It's A Wonderful World - 0:48  (Jan Savitt, Harold Adamson, Johnny Watson)
c. tk 3    It's A Wonderful World - 2:15  (Jan Savitt, Harold Adamson, Johnny Watson)
d. tk 4    It's A Wonderful World - 5:52  (Jan Savitt, Harold Adamson, Johnny Watson)
e. tk 5    It's A Wonderful World - 0:31  (Jan Savitt, Harold Adamson, Johnny Watson)
f.     Just You, Just Me - 2:19  (Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages)
g. tk 1    Star Dust - 1:02  (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish)
h. tk 2    Star Dust - 0:57  (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish)
i. tk 3    Star Dust - 3:29  (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish)
j. tk 4    Star Dust - 0:59  (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish)
k. tk 5    Star Dust - 0:54  (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish)
l. tk 6    Star Dust - 3:00  (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish)
m.     Down Home Blues - 2:51  (Gene Roland)
n.     East Side, West Side - 1:06  (Gene Roland)
o. tk 1    Limehouse Blues - 3:19  (Philip Braham, Douglas Furber)
p. tk 2    Limehouse Blues - 0:48  (Philip Braham, Douglas Furber)

Gene Roland (ldr) on a; (con) on a; Joe Maini (as) on a; Charlie Parker (as) on a; Al Cohn (ts) on a; Tommy Makagon (ts) on a; Zoot Sims (ts) on a; Marty Flax (bar) on a; Robert Newman (bar) on a; Marty Bell (t) on a; Don Ferrara (t) on a; Neil Freiz (t) on a; Don Joseph (t) on a; Jon Neilson (t) on a; Al Porcino (t) on a; Sonny Rich (t) on a; Red Rodney (t) on a; Eddie Bert (tb) on a; Zolman 'Porky' Cohen (tb) on a; Jimmy Knepper (tb) on a; Paul Selden (tb) on a; Frank Orchard (vtb) on a; Sam Herman (g) on a; Harry Biss (p) on a; Buddy Jones (b) on a; Phil Arabia (d) on a; Freddie Gruber (d) on a; Don Manning (d) on a.

Tape of a rehearsal, made by Don Manning and Eddie Bert. Most selections are fragments.

An additional unknown selection (0:17) was issued on Spotlite 141 following Just You, Just Me, but despite the fact that it appears on the same tape, it may be from a different session.


Date: May 20, 1954
Location: New York City
Label: Mercury

Art Mardigan (ldr), Al Cohn (ts), Don Joseph (c), Milt Gold (tb), Johnny Williams (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Art Mardigan (d)

a. W245 (10553)    I've Found A New Baby - 2:56  (Jack Palmer, Spencer Williams)
b. W246 (10551)    Moroccan Blues - 2:45  (Al Cohn)
c. W247 (10550)    Old Gold - 2:23  (Milt Gold)
d. W248 (10552)    Golden Touch - 3:10  (Quincy Jones)
All titles on:      EmArcy LP 12": MG 36093 — The Jazz School   
     Wing LP 12": MGW 60002 — The Jazz School   

Date: ca. 1955
Location: Open Door, New York City
Label: [private recording]

Tony Fruscella (t), Don Joseph (c)

a. 01    Now's The Time - 4:32  (Charlie Parker)
b. 02    Embraceable You - 5:47  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
c. 03    I Got Rhythm - 3:10  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
d. 04    'S Wonderful - 4:36  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
e. 05    What Is This Thing Called Love - 7:19  (Cole Porter)
f. 06    Ash Wednesday Blues - 3:31  (Don Joseph)

Unknown guitar, bass, drums. Solos by these players have been edited out on only known source.


Date: April 19, 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Gerry Mulligan (ldr), Gene Allen (bcl, bar), Lee Konitz, Hal McKusick (as), Charlie Rouse, Zoot Sims (ts), Gerry Mulligan (bar, p), Don Ferrara, Jerry Lloyd, Phil Sunkel (t), Don Joseph (c), Jim Dahl, Frank Rehak (tb), Bob Brookmeyer (vtb), Joe Benjamin (b), Dave Bailey (d)

a.    alt Thruway  (Gerry Mulligan) / arr: Gerry Mulligan
     Columbia LP 12": CS 8561 — Who's Who In The Swinging Sixties   
b.     Thruway - 8:23  (Gerry Mulligan) / arr: Gerry Mulligan
     Columbia LP 12": PC 34803 — The Arranger   (1977)

Columbia 34803 incorrectly credits Rouse and Sims as playing trumpets; Mulligan and Allen as playing bass saxophones. This issue also credits either Dave Bailey or Gus Johnson as drummer for this session.


Date: April 20, 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Columbia

Gerry Mulligan (ldr), Gene Allen (bcl, bar), Lee Konitz, Hal McKusick (as), Charlie Rouse, Zoot Sims (ts), Gerry Mulligan (bar, p), Don Ferrara, Jerry Lloyd, Phil Sunkel (t), Don Joseph (c), Jim Dahl, Frank Rehak (tb), Bob Brookmeyer (vtb), Joe Benjamin (b), Dave Bailey, Gus Johnson (d)

a.     All The Things You Are - 5:39  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) / arr: Gerry Mulligan
b.     Motel - 6:16  (Gerry Mulligan) / arr: Gerry Mulligan
c.     Mullenium - 5:56  (Gerry Mulligan) / arr: Gerry Mulligan
All titles on:      Columbia LP 12": PC 34803 — The Arranger   (1977)

Dave Bailey (d) on a-b; Gus Johnson (d) on c.


Date: July 22, 1957
Location: New York City
Label: RCA Victor

Chuck Wayne (ldr), Caesar DiMauro, Sam Marowitz, Sol Schlinger, Eddie Wasserman (ts), Tommy Allison, Alvin Goldberg (t), Don Joseph (c), Sonny Truitt (tb), Chuck Wayne (g), Clyde Lombardi (b), Sonny Igoe (d)

a. H4JB5356-?   alt Lullaby In Rhythm - 3:09  (Edgar Sampson, Walter Hirsch, Clarence Prift, Benny Goodman)
b. H4JB5356    Lullaby In Rhythm - 3:07  (Edgar Sampson, Walter Hirsch, Clarence Prift, Benny Goodman)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
c. H4JB5357    Rock-A-Bye Bay - 3:27  (Mann Curtis, Guy Wood)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
d. H4JB5358-?   alt Carmel - 3:17  (Chuck Wayne)
e. H4JB5358    Carmel - 3:16  (Chuck Wayne)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
f. H4JB5359-?   alt Snuggled On Your Shoulder - 2:41  (Carmen Lombardo, Joe Young)
g. H4JB5359    Snuggled On Your Shoulder - 2:33  (Carmen Lombardo, Joe Young)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
All titles on:      Euphoria CD: 180 — String Fever   

Date: July 23, 1957
Location: New York City
Label: RCA Victor

Chuck Wayne (ldr), Sam Marowitz, Gene Quill (as), Caesar DiMauro (ts), Don Joseph (c), Chuck Wayne (g), Clyde Lombardi (b), Sonny Igoe (d)

a. H4JB5360-?   alt Love For Sale - 4:11  (Cole Porter)
b. H4JB5360    Love For Sale - 5:09  (Cole Porter)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
c. H4JB5361    Lover Man - 4:24  (Roger 'Ram' Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
All titles on:      Euphoria CD: 180 — String Fever   

Date: July 24, 1957
Location: New York City
Label: RCA Victor

Chuck Wayne (ldr), Sam Marowitz (as), Caesar DiMauro (ts), Sol Schlinger (bar), Don Joseph (c), Eddie Costa (vib, p), Chuck Wayne (g), Clyde Lombardi (b), Jimmy Campbell (d)

a. H4JB5362-?   alt How About You? - 3:36  (Ralph Freed, Burton Lane)
b. H4JB5362    How About You? - 3:48  (Ralph Freed, Burton Lane)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
c. H4JB5363    What A Difference A Day Makes - 3:26  (Stanley Adams, Maria Grever)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
d. H4JB5364    Embraceable You - 4:38  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
e. H4JB5365    Body And Soul - 3:30  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
f. H4JB5366    Along With Me - 3:18  (Harold Rome)
     Vik LP 12": LX 1098 — String Fever   
All titles on:      Euphoria CD: 180 — String Fever   

Date: ca. 1961
Location: El Mambo, Clifton, NY
Label: Honey Dew

Dave Schildkraut (ldr), Dave Schildkraut (as), Don Joseph (c), Bill Triglia (p), Curly Russell (b), Earl Walker (d), Jackie Paris (v)

a.     A Night In Tunisia - 6:47  (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
     Honey Dew LP 12": HD 6610 — Bebop Is Where It's At, Volume 2   (1977)
b.     Buzzy - 10:18  (Charlie Parker)
     Honey Dew LP 12": HD 6610 — Bebop Is Where It's At, Volume 2   (1977)
c.     Jackie's Blues  (Jackie Paris)
     Honey Dew LP 12": HD 6609 — Bebop Is Where It's At, Volume 1   (1977)
d.     Whooz Blues  (Dave Schildkraut)
     Honey Dew LP 12": HD 6609 — Bebop Is Where It's At, Volume 1   (1977)

Jackie Paris (v) on c.


Date: June 2 & 3, 1984
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Uptown

Don Joseph (ldr), Al Cohn (ts), Don Joseph (c), Bill Triglia (p), Red Mitchell (b), Joey Baron (d)

a. a-01    Ash Wednesday Blues - 4:54  (Don Joseph)
b. a-02    But Beautiful - 9:15  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
c. a-03    Indian Summer - 6:25  (Victor Herbert, Al Dubin)
d. b-01    Stumbling - 5:14  (Zez Confrey)
e. b-02    It Might As Well Be Spring - 8:54  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
f. b-03    When Lights Are Low - 5:58  (Benny Carter, Spencer Williams)
All titles on:      Uptown LP 12": UP 27.23 — One Of A Kind   (1985)