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Jazz Stock Arrangements: A Resource Guide

"Theater Orchestra" Arrangements by African-American Composers

This is a list of published parts for "theater orchestra"—one-on-a-part orchestra with the piano taking an important part—of music by African-American composers. It starts at the turn of the century and runs through 1919—the very beginning of the jazz era. These are all period arrangements. The arrangers, save for Will Tyers, are white.

There are two lists: the first is of instrumental stocks for "theater orchestra"—one or two instruments on a part with piano. The second is of orchestrations meant to be used as backing for vaudeville singers. These are for very small orchestra, including piano. The arrangements in the second list do not include a voice part. Most of them are very straightforward orchestrations from the voice-and-piano sheet music.

Selected List of Arrangements

I. Instrumentals

Accooe, Will. I'd Like to be a Gunner in the Navy. March & Two- Step. arr. by Ludomir Thomas. N.Y., Schuberth, 1901. Call no.: M1350.A.

Accooe, Will. In a Birch Canoe. (A Kickapoo Romance) March and Two-Step. arr. by Hilding Anderson. N.Y., Witmark, 1904. Call no.: M1350.A. [Note: verso of each part is Al Johns' Board- Walk Parade. March and Two-Step. arr. by James M. Fulton]

Accooe, Will. Southern Blossoms. Waltzes. Arr. by Theo Bendix. N.Y., Witmark, 1903. Call no.: M1350.A.

Arnold, Maurice. Our Bonnie Boys in Blue. March & Two Step. arr. by Emil Ascher. N.Y., Royal Music Co., [1902]. Call no.: M1350.A. [Note: this is very straightforward rhythmically, with no particular Afro-Americanisms. But it's a good cheery piece.]

Brymn, J[ames] Tim. Cocoanut Grove Jazz. Fox-Trot. Arr. by William Schulz. N.Y., Leo Feist, 1917. Call no.: M1350.B. [This is one of the first uses of the word "jazz" in a published piece by an Afro-American composer.]

Brymn, James T[im]. I'm Going to Steal Away. March. Arr. by William J. Carle. N.Y., Hamilton S. Gordon, 1906. Call no.: M1350.B.

Brymn, James T. Powhatanna. Arr. by Walter A. Phillips. N.Y., Hamilton S. Gordon, 1905. Call no.: M1350.B.

Brymn, James T. Young Red Cloud. Introducing "The Darktown Grenadiers." Two-Step. Arr. by William J. Carle. N.Y., Hamilton S. Gordon, 1905. Call no.: M1350.B.

Cole, [Robert] and Johnson. Come Out Dinah on the Green. As sung in "Sleeping Beauty and the Beast." Schottische. Arr. J. W. Chattaway. N.Y., Howley Haviland & Dresser, 1901. Call no.: M1350.C.

Cook, Will Marion. Darktown is Out Tonight. Two Step. Arr. by Robt. Recker. New York, Witmark, [1899]. Call no.: M1350.C. [Note: verso of each part is Cook, Will Marion. Who Dat Say Chicken In Dis Crowd?]

Cook, Will Marion. Selection from Clorindy. Arr. by W.H. Mackie. New York, Witmark, 1899. Call no.: M1350.C

Dett, [Robert] Nathaniel. After the Cake Walk. Arr. by Lee Orean Smith. New York, Vandersloot, 1901. Call no.: M1350.D.

Europe, James Reese. The Castle Doggy-Fox Trot. Fox trot. Arr. by J. Louis van der Mehden jr. New York, G. Ricordi & Co., 1915. Call no.: M1350.E.

Europe, James Reese. Castle House Rag. Trot and one-step. Arr. by Carl F. Williams. New York, Jos. W. Stern, 1914. Call no.: M1350.E.

Europe, James Reese, & Ford Dabney. The Castle Walk. Arr. by Carl F. Williams. New York, Jos. W. Stern, 1914. Call no.: M1350.E. [Note: verso of each part is Europe & Dabney: Castle Perfect Trot.]

Europe, James Reese. Castles in Europe. Arr. by Maurice F. Smith. New York, Jos. W. Stern, 1914. Call no.: M1350.E.

Europe, James Reese. Congratulations. Listed by Victor...as Castle's Lame Duck Waltz. Arr. by J. Louis von der Mehden, Jr. N.Y., G. Ricordi, 1914. Call no.: M1350.E.

Europe, James Reese. Hey! There! One step march. Arranged by J. Louis von der Mehden, Jr. New York, G. Ricordi, 1915. Call no.: M1350.E.

Johns, Al. Araby. Intermezzo characteristique. Arranged by Theo. Bendix. New York, M. Witmark, 1904. Call no.: M1350.J.

Johns, Al: Board-Walk Parade. see Accooe, Will S. In a Birch Canoe.

[Johnson, John Rosamond]. The Maiden with the Dreamy Eyes. Waltz. [Introducing "The Palace of Pleasure and Pride," not by Johnson] Arr. by E. Boettger. New York, Jos. W. Stern, 1902. Call no.: M1350.J.

Johnson, [John] Rosamond. The Merango (El Meringue). Characteristic Cuban dance. [no arranger credit] New York, Jos. W. Stern, 1905. Call no.: M1350.J.

Joplin, Scott. Palm Leaf Rag. arr. by H. F. Mitchell. n.p., Victor Kremer, 1903. Call no.: M1350.J CASE.

Joplin, Scott. Scott Joplin's New Rag. arr. by Hilding Anderson. New York, Jos. W. Stern, 1912. Call no.: M1350.J.

Jordan, Joe. Bouclaire Waltzes. [no arranger credit] Des Moines, Agnew Music Publishing Co., 1904. Call no.: M1350.J.

Jordan, Joe. Nappy Lee. A slow drag. [no arranger credit] Des Moines, Agnew Music Publishing Co., 1903. Call no.: M1350.J.

Lada, Nunez & Cawley. Yelping Hound Blues. As played by the Celebrated Louisiana Five. New York, Feist, 1919. Copyright no.: E455844. Call no.: M1350.L.

Perrin, Sidney L. Dat's de Way to Spell "Chicken." Arr. by W.C. O'Hare. New York, Witmark, 1902. Call no.: M1350.P.

Perrin, Sidney L. We'll Raise the Roof To-Night. Arr...by W.C. O'Hare. New York, Witmark, 1904. Call no.: M1350.P.

Pinkard, Maceo. Stock Yard Blues. Fox Trot. Arr. by William Schulz. N.Y., Leo Feist, 1918. Copyright no.: E418204. Call no.: M1350.P.

Roberts, C. Luckyeth. Helter-Skelter. One-step Polka. Arr. by J. Louis von der Mehden jr. New York, G. Ricordi, 1915. Call no.: M1350.R.

Roberts, C. Luckyeth. Junk Man Rag. Arr. by Wm. H. Tyers. New York, Jos. W. Stern, 1913. Call no.: M1350.R.

Shook, Benjamin L. Dat Gal of Mine. March & Two Step. [no arranger credit; probably arranged by the composer] Cleveland, H.N. White, [1902]. Call no.: M1350.S.

Smith, Chris. Ballin' the Jack Fox Trot. Intro[ducing] "What It Takes to Make Me Love You -- You've Got It" [by James Reese Europe]. Arr. by Wm. Schulz. New York, Joseph W. Stern, 1914. Call no.: M1350.S.

Smith [Chris] and [Elmer] Bowman. Mister Moon. Medley Schottisch. [The other tune in the medley is Mame, or the Mountain Maid, also by Smith & Bowman.] Arranged by R.E. Hildreth. Boston, Walter Jacobs, 1904. Call no.: M1350.S.

Tyers, William H. Admiration. Hawaiian idyll. [Arranged by the composer] New York, Ricordi, 1915. Call no.: M1350.T.

Tyers, William H. The Call of the Woods. Valse descriptive. [Arranged by the composer] New York, Ricordi, 1916. Call no.: M1350.T.

Tyers, William H. A Fabian Romance. Intermezzo. [arranged by the composer.] New York, Witmark, 1906. Call no.: M1350.T.

Tyers, William H. La Fiancee. Waltzes. [Arranged by the composer] New York, Witmark, 1913. Call no.: M1350.T.

Tyers, William H. Love's Menu. Intermezzo. [Arranged by the composer] New York, Witmark, 1906. Call no.: M1350.T.

Tyers, William H. Mockin' Bird Rube. Characteristic two step-

march. [Arranged by the composer] New York, Witmark, 1914. Call no.: M1350.T.

Tyers, William H. Panama. A characteristic novelty. [no arranger credit; probably Tyers.] New York, Leo Feist, 1911. Call no.: M1350.T.

Tyers, William H. Tout A Vous. Valse petite. [Arranged by the composer] New York, Stern, 1912. Call no.: M1350.T.

Tyers, William H. The Troopers Review. Two Step March. [no arranger credit: probably arranged by Tyers.] New York, Jos. W. Stern, 1899. Call no.: M1350.T.

Williams, [Bert] and [George] Walker. If You Love Your Baby, Make the Goo Goo Eyes. March. Arr. Emil Ascher. New York, Royal Music Co., 1900. Call no.: M1350.W [Williams, Bert]

II. Vocal orchestrations

Brymn, James T. The Darktown Grenadiers. arr. William J. Carle. New York, Hamilton S. Gordon, 1905. Call no.: M1355.B.

Brymn, James T. I Am Going To Steal Away. arr. by W. H. Batchelor. New York, Hamilton S. Gordon, 1905. Call no.: M1355.B.

Brymn, James T. Lindy What You'se Gwine To Do? arr. by Everett J. Evans. New York, Hamilton S. Gordon, 1905. Call no.: M1355.B.

Brymn, James T. Morning, Noon, and Night. arr. by William J. Carle. New York, Hamilton S. Gordon, 1905. Call no.: M1355.B.

Brymn, James T. and Estren. My Clo. Arr. by Hans S. Lin'e. Chicago, Windsor Music Co., 1900. Call no.: M1355.B.

Brymn, James T. My Little Zulu Maid. arr. Hans S. Lin'e. Chicago, Windsor Music Co., 1900. Call no.: M1355.B.

Brymn, James T. O-San. arr. by W. A. Phillips. New York, Hamilton S. Gordon, 1905. Call no.: M1355.B.

Brymn, James T. and Estren. Say, Lize, Will You Be My Honey? arr. by Hans S. Line'. Chicago, Windsor Music Co., 1900. Call no.: M1355.B.

Brymn, James T. Travel On. arr. by Wm. J. Carle. New York, Hamilton S. Gordon, 1905. Call no.: M1355.B.

Davis, Gussie L. Have Pity Judge She's My Mother. Orch. by Charles J. Rockwell. [New York], Hamilton S. Gordon, 1898. Call no.: M1355.D.

Davis, Gussie L. If I Only Could Blot Out the Past. [no arranger credit] [New York], Hamilton S. Gordon, 1896. Call no.: M1355.D.

Davis, Gussie L. My Creole Sue. Orch. by Chas J Rockwell. [New York], Hamilton S. Gordon, 1898. Call no.: M1355.D.

Davis, Gussie L. My Little Belle Creole. Orch. by Alfred J. Doyle. New York, Hamilton S. Gordon, 1900. Call no.: M1355.D.

Davis, Gussie L. One Little Word. Orch. by Charles J. Rockwell. New York, Hamilton S. Gordon, 1899. Call no.: M1355.D.

Davis, Gussie L. Sadie's a Lady. [no arranger credit] [New York?], Hamilton S. Gordon, 1895. Call no.: M1355.D.

Davis, Gussie L. She Waited at the Altar in Vain. Orch. by C. A. Egener. [New York], Hamilton S. Gordon, 1897. Call no.: M1355.D.

Hill, J. Leubrie. My Dahomian Queen. [no arranger credit] New York, Witmark, [1905]. Call no.: M1355.H.

Johnson, Billy. Sweeter Dan a Sugar Cane. [no arranger credit] New York, Witmark, 1904. Call no.: M1355.J.

Jones, Irving. My Black Scotch Baby. Arranged by William J. Carle. [New York?], Hamilton S. Gordon, 1906. Call no.: M1355.J.

Jordan, Joe. I Think an Awful Lot of You. Key of F. [no arranger credit] New York, Witmark, 1907. Call no.: M1355.J.

Jordan, Joe. 0h Mr. Man, Man, Man! [no arranger credit] New York, Witmark, 1907. Call no.: M1355.J.

Perrin, Sidney L. Gib Me Mah Fifteen Cents. [no arranger credit] New York, Witmark, 1903. Call no.: M1355.P.

Perrin, Sidney L. Ma Afro-Mexican Queen. [no arranger credit] New York, Witmark, 1903. Call no.: M1355.P.

Perrin, Sidney L. We'll Raise the Roof Tonight. [no arranger credit] New York, Witmark, 1904. Call no.: M1355.P.

Smith,[Chris], and [Elmer] Bowman. Car'lina Lou. Arr. by Al. J. Doyle. [N.Y.?], Hamilton S. Gordon, 1904. Call no.: M1355.S.

Smith, Chris, and Billy B. Johnson. Cynthia. A Cuban serenade. Arr. by William J. Carle. [N.Y.?], Hamilton S. Gordon, 1906. Call no.: M1355.S.

Smith [Chris], and [Billy?] Johnson. Good-Bye Ma Honey I'm Gone. Arr. by R. E. Hildreth. Boston, Walter Jacobs, 1906. Call no.: M1355.S

Smith [Chris] and [Elmer] Bowman. Mame, or the Mountain Maid. Arr. by R. E. Hildreth. Boston, Walter Jacobs, 1904. Call no.: M1355.S.

Smith [Chris] and [Elmer] Bowman. Mister Moon, Kindly Come Out and Shine. Arr. by R.E. Hildreth. Boston, Walter Jacobs, 1904. Call no.: M1355.S.

Smith [Chris] and [John] Larkins. Tilda from Old Savannah. Arr. by R. E. Hildreth. Boston, Walter Jacobs, 1905. Call no.: M1355.S.

Smith [Chris] and [Elmer] Bowman. Your Face Looks Familiar. [No arranger credit] Boston, G.W. Setchell, 1902. Call no.: M1355.S.

III. Outside the scope of this list, outside the scope of the pre-1935 jazz list; but worth mentioning

Blake, Eubie. Shuffle Along. Selection. Arr. by Lester Brockton. New York, M. Witmark, 1921. Copyright no.: E528622. Call no.: M1350.B.

Johnson, John Rosamond. Lift Every Voice and Sing. Orch. by James Harrington. [Vocal orchestration in B flat] New York, Edward B. Marks, 1923. Copyright no.: E561687. Call no.: M1355.J. [This is a very straightforward arrangement]

Johnson, John Rosamond. The Maiden With the Dreamy Eyes Medley Overture. [Arranged by] E. Boettger. [New York], Jos. W. Stern, 1902. Call no.: M1350.J. [This contains songs not by African-American composers; it does, however, contain enough other material relevant to this list to make it worth including in the appendix.]