Morty Corb

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Morty Corb
Birth name Mortimer Gerald Corb
Born (1917-04-10)April 10, 1917
San Antonio, Texas
Origin San Antonio, Texas
Died January 13, 1996(1996-01-13) (aged 78)
Las Vegas
Genres Jazz
Occupations Jazz bass player
Instruments Double bass

Mortimer "Morty" Gerald Corb (April 10, 1917 San Antonio — January 13, 1996 Las Vegas) was an American jazz double-bassist.[1][2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Corb had a long career as a jazz musician that began in 1946 and lasted until his death. He performed and recorded with:[5]

Corb performed for four years on Bob Crosby's television program. He also did extended work as a session musician in studios, and though he did little of this after the 1950s, he appears on some 300 recordings. He worked in bands in Disneyland after moving to California in 1947, and recorded his only album as a leader, Strictly from Dixie, in 1957.

Corb was fascinated by Halloween and, from 1973, decked his house out with detailed, elaborate decorations. He incorporated some of what he had learned about special effects from the Disney studios, and continued to construct ever more ornate designs each year up until his death of a brain aneurysm in 1996.

Selected discography[edit]

As leader

  • Morty Corb and His Dixie All Stars, Strictly From Dixie OCLC 6697830
John Best (trumpet), Moe Schneider (née Elmer Reuben Schneider; 1919–1970) (trombone), Heinie Beau (clarinet), Dave Harris (1913–2002) (tenor sax), Bobby Hammack (piano) George Van Eps (guitar), Morty Corb (bass), Jack Sperling (drums)
Recorded in Los Angeles, April 1957
  1. Bayou Blues
  2. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  3. Pennies from Heaven
  4. South
  5. Ramble In
  6. Honeysuckle rose
  7. Sugarcane Strut
  8. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?
  9. Indiana
  10. Savannah Shakedown
  11. Farewell Blues

References[edit]

General references[edit]

Inline citations[edit]

  1. ^ The ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, Third edition, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, New York (1966) OCLC 598257
  2. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, edited by Barry Dean Kernfeld (born 1950)
    first edition, Macmillan Press, London (1988) OCLC 16804283
    later edition, St. Martin's Press, New York (1994) OCLC 30516743
    second edition, Macmillan Publishers, London (2002)
  3. ^ Biography Index; A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines; Volume 21: September 1995 — August 1996,, edited by Charles R. Cornell, New York: H.W. Wilson Company, New York (1996) OCLC 36101383
  4. ^ The New York Times Biographical Service; A compilation of current biographical information of general interest, Vol. 27, Nos.1–12, UMI Co., Ann Arbor (1996) OCLC 1425589
  5. ^ Tom Lord, The Jazz Discography Online