Curtis Mosby was a drummer, promoter, bandleader and club owner in California in the 1920s through 1940s. He was leading his own band in Oakland, California in 1921, toured and recorded with Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds in 1922 and 1923, and then settled in Los Angeles in 1923 where led the Blue Blowers for the rest of the decade. He founded a early jazz club in the city called the Apex which was later named Club Alabam. Mosby also wrote music for King Vidor's 1929 African-American movie musical "Hallelujah" and his band appeared briefly in the film, supplying some very hot background music and accompanying Nina Mae McKinney on the song "Swanee Shuffle", and playing their song Blue Blowers Blues underneath the comedy routine. You may listen to these audio selections from the film by clicking here. Mosby died in 1960.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Between You And Me
(And The Deep Blue Sea)

(Rene / Allison / Rene)
1-21-1929 Los Angeles, California Columbia
40001-D
All Night Blues 1924 or 1925 Los Angeles, California Unissued Test
Blue Blowers Blues
(Curtis Mosby)
3-28-1928 Los Angeles, California Columbia
1442-D
Dearee 1-21-1929 Los Angeles, California Columbia
Don't Make Sweet Mama Mad 1-21-1929 Los Angeles, California Columbia
Hardee Stomp
(Ashford Hardee)
3-28-1928 Los Angeles, California Columbia
1442-D
In My Dreams
(I'm Jealous Of You)
(1)

(Leon / Otis / Rene)
10-14-1927 Los Angeles, California Columbia
1191-D
In My Dreams
(I'm Jealous Of You)
(2)

(Leon / Otis / Rene)
10-14-1927 Los Angeles, California Columbia
Louisiana Bo Bo
(Ted Nixon)
1-21-1929 Los Angeles, California Columbia
40001-D
Riverboat Shuffle
(Hoagy Carmichael / Dick Voynow / Irving Mills)
1924 or 1925 Los Angeles, California Unissued Test
Tiger Stomp (1)
(Nick LaRocca)
10-14-1927 Los Angeles, California Columbia
1192-D
Tiger Stomp (2)
(Nick LaRocca)
10-14-1927 Los Angeles, California Columbia
Tiger Stomp (3)
(Nick LaRocca)
10-14-1927 Los Angeles, California Columbia
Weary Blues
(Artie Matthews)
10-14-1927 Los Angeles, California Columbia
Weary Stomp
(Artie Matthews)
10-14-1927 Los Angeles, California Columbia
1191-D
Whoop 'Em Up Blues
(Barnett)
10-14-1927 Los Angeles, California Columbia
1192-D
Artist Instrument
Country Allen Trombone
Leo Davis Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Ashford Hardee Trombone
Charles Hite Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Les Hite Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Andy Iona (Aiona) Violin, Guitar
Walter Johnson Piano
Charlie Lawrence Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Curtis Mosby Drums, Leader
Bumps Meyers Tenor Saxophone
Perkins Tuba
James Porter Trumpet
Attwell Rose Violin
Henry Starr Piano, Vocals
Thomas Valentine Banjo
Freddy Vaughan Tuba, Banjo
Title Director Year
Hallelujah King Vidor 1929