Cousin Joe

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Cousin Joe
Birth name Pleasant Joseph
Born (1907-12-20)December 20, 1907
Wallace, Louisiana, United States
Died October 2, 1989(1989-10-02) (aged 81)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Pianist, singer
Instruments Piano, vocal
Years active Late 1930s - late 1980s
Labels Philo, Savoy, Gotham, De Luxe, Signature, Decca, Imperial, Flip

Pleasant Joseph known as Cousin Joe (December 20, 1907 — October 2, 1989)[1] was an American blues and jazz singer, later famous for his 1940s recordings with clarinetist Sidney Bechet and saxophonist Mezz Mezzrow.

He was born in Wallace, Louisiana, United States.

Unitil 1945 Cousin Joe toured Louisiana; that year he was asked to take part in the King Jazz recording sessions organized by Mezzrow and Bechet. [2]

Cousin Joe died in his sleep from natural causes in New Orleans, at the age of 81.[1]

Autobiography[edit]

  • Cousin Joe : Blues from New Orleans / Pleasant "Cousin Joe" Joseph and Harriet J. Ottenheimer. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1987. xi, 227 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. ISBN 0-226-41198-2

Partial discography[edit]

  • 1971 : Bad Luck Blues (Black & Blue) with Jimmy Dawkins and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  • 1974 : Cousin Joe From New Orleans (Big Bear Records)
  • 1984 : Cousin Joe from New Orleans in his prime (Oldie Blues)
  • 1985 : Relaxin’ in New Orleans [sound recording] / Cousin Joe. New Orleans, LA : Great Southern Records. 1 sound disc : analog, 3313 rpm ; 12 in.
  • 1995 : Jumping at Jubilee [sound recording]. London : Sequel, NEM CD 749
  • 2003 : Magic Bostic - Bostic, Earl, 1913–1965 [sound recording] / Earl Bostic. Paris : Jazz Archives

Filmography[edit]

  • 2005 : DVD The Blues of Cousin Joe (live - 29 August 1984 in New Orleans) (Storyville Films)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The 1980s". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ Olderen, Martin van, liner notes Cousin Joe from New Orleans in his prime, OL 8008 (1984)

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