Zez Confrey  (1895-1971)
Last updated: 24.06.17
According to the Internet source given below, Zez [ Edward Elzear] Confrey was an American composer of popular music having more than 100 songs and instrumental pieces to his credit. The youngest of five children, he was brought up in Peru, Illinois, where he went to the LaSalle-Peru High School, performing in and conducting his own orchestra. After high school in studied classical music at the Chicago Musical College under Jesse Dunn and Frank Denhart. His best-known work is undoubtedly the extraordinary novelty rag Kitten on the Keys
Whilst studying he earned his living by playing piano in an orchestra run by himself and his brother Jim Confrey. Word War I service in the US Navy found him in a tour show Leave It To Sailors in which Jack Benny also performed as a violinist. Also during the war years, Zez Confrey became established at the QRS Piano Roll Company making some 127 piano-rolls between 1918 and 1924. He then worked with the Brunswick, Edison, Emerson and Victor Talking Machine companies.
As the jazz age progressed he turned to composition. The book listed below written by him was more than 40 years in print. A sufferer of Parkinson's disease, he retired after World War II.


Books :
Books:
book15.gif Zez Confrey Piano Solos Ragtime, Novelty, and Jazz Ronny S. Schiff flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif

Further sheet music at DBE: ON HOLD
     Performer CD Title Supplier
       
Recorder Music CDs:
cd15.gif Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble on "Recorder Ragtime: Curiosities" dbe15.gif
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Ton Van Bergeyk on "Black & Tan Fantasy" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Mark Birnbaum on "Hot Piano! Ragtime Blues Jazz Classical Mark Birnbaum" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Old Rags New Rags" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Ragtime"
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Taxi!" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Peter Bocage on "Peter Bocage with the Creole Serenaders and the Love-Jiles Ragtime Orchestra" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom on "Sweet Sixteenths: A Ragtime Concert" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Original Ragtime" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Original Ragtime/Original Boogie Woogie/Original Piano Blues" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Ragtime Bolling & Boogie" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Joe "Fingers" Carr on "Honky Tonk Hits of Joe "Fingers" Carr" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Zez Confrey on "Vol.4 Keyboard Wizards Of The Gershwin Era" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Matthew Davidson on "Whippin the Keys" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Richard Dowling on "Rhapsody in Ragtime" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Richard Dowling on "World's Greatest Piano Rags" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "It's Ragging Cats and Dogs"
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "A Ragtime Sampler"
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "The Two Sides of Perfessor Bill"
cd15.gif Elite Syncopators on "American Sampler Rag" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Marco Fumo on "Last Time Rag: Joplin - Morton et al" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Frederick Hodges on "Kitten on the Keys: Ragtime, Novelty & Stride Classics" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Dick Hyman on "Forgotten Dreams: Archives of Novelty Piano (1920's-1930's)" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Dave Jasen on "Rompin' Stompin' Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Live in Kalamazoo" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Nola" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Those Irresistible Blues" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Noel Lester on "Syncopated Sensations" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Johnny Maddox on "Red Hot Ragtime Volume 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Alan Mandel on "American Piano Vol. 3: Rags and Other Riches" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Lincoln Mayorga on "On Tour" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Lincoln Mayorga on "Sophisticated Innocence" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "A Century of Ragtime 1897-1997" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "The Hits of '22: Do It Again!" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Pianola Jazz: Early Piano Jazz & Ragtime Played on Pianola Rolls" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Salon to Swing" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "That Devilin' Tune" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath on "Living a Ragtime Life" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif New England Ragtime Ensemble on "The Art of the Rag" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Guido Nielsen on "Kitten on the Keys" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Lisa Otey on "Kitten on the Keys" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Knuckles O'Toole on "Knuckles O'Toole: Plays The Greatest All-Time Ragtime Hits" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Muriel Pollock on "Vol. 6 Keyboard Wizards of the Gershwin Era" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Styliani on "Dizzy Fingers" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor on "Ragtime Reunion"
cd15.gif Dave Tucker on "Meadow Lark" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Dave Tucker on "Tickled Ragtime & Novelties" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Artis Wodehouse on "Zez Confrey: Piano Rolls and Scores" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
Brass Music CDs:
cd15.gif Canadian Brass on "Red Hot Jazz: The Dixieland..." flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif New Columbian Brass Band on "The Teddy Bears Picnic" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE345 Coaxing the Piano (1922) - Novelty
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE346 Dizzy Fingers (1923) - Novelty
T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 3¾ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE347 Dumbell (1922) - A "Stumbling" Fox Trot Full Of "Tricks"
T/T/B/B/GB(B)/V(OT), approx. 4¾ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE348 Greenwich Witch (1921) - Novelty
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE349 Kitten on the Keys (1921) - Novelty
A/T/T+S/B+D/B/GB(B), approx. 3¾ mins.
out-of-print 15.00 12.50 19.50  
DBE350 My Pet (1921) - Novelty
A/T/T/B/T+B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE352 Poor Buttermilk (1921) - Novelty
D+B/A/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 2 mins.
1-2 days
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 DBE353 Stumbling (1922) - A Unique Fox Trot Song With an Original Rhythm
T/T/B/B/GB(B)/V(OT), approx 4½ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE355 Tricks (1922) - Fox Trot Song
T/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 4½ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE356 You Tell 'Em Ivories (1921) - Novelty
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
1-2 days
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     Title Instruments Remarks
       
sm15.gif Coaxing the Piano (1922) D/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Dizzy Fingers (1923) T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Dumbell (1922) T/T/B/B/GB(B)/V(OT) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Greenwich Witch (1921) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Kitten on the Keys (1921) A/T/T+S/B+D/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif My Pet (1921) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Poor Buttermilk (1921) D+B/A/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Stumbling (1922) T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Tricks (1922) T/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif You Tell 'em Ivories (1921) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 80 works by Zez Confrey (1895-1971). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

Greenwich Witch (1921) wvicon.gif
Moods of a New Yorker (1932)
Kitten on the Keys (1921) wvicon.gif
Phantom Cadets (1932)
My Pet (1921) wvicon.gif
Wistfullness (1932)
Poor Buttermilk (1921) wvicon.gif
Grandfather's Clock (1933)
You Tell 'em Ivories (1921) wvicon.gif
Sittin' on a Log Pettin' My Dog (1933)
Coaxing the Piano (1922) wvicon.gif
Smart Alec (1933) wvicon.gif
Dumbell (1922) wvicon.gif
Arabian Maid (1935)
Kitten on the Keys - Song (1922) wvicon.gif
Words by: Sam Coslow
Birds' Carnival (1935) wvicon.gif
Stumbling (1922) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Confrey
Blue Tornado (1935)
Stumbling - Paraphrase (1922) wvicon.gif
Giddy Ditty (1935) wvicon.gif
Tricks (1922) wvicon.gif
A Heart Like the Ocean (1935)
Dizzy Fingers (1923) wvicon.gif
Lullaby From Mars (1935)
Nickel in the Slot (1923) wvicon.gif
Mouse's Hoofs (1935) wvicon.gif
Three Little Oddities (1923) wvicon.gif
Rag Doll Dimples (1935)
Anticipation (1924)
Rhythm Venture (1935)
High Hattin' (1924) wvicon.gif
part of African Suite
Tin Pan Symphony (1935)
Kinda Careless (1924) wvicon.gif
part of African Suite
Audacity (1936) wvicon.gif
Mississippi Shivers (1924) wvicon.gif
part of African Suite
Home-Run on the Keys (1936)
Who Do You Suppose? (1924)
Meandering (1936)
Charleston Chuckles (1925)
Midsummer's Nightmare (1936)
Fantasy (1925)
Jazz Arrangement
Motif Du Concert (1936)
Flower Song (1925)
Sugar Dance (1936)
Home Sweet Home (1925)
Sunshine From the Fingers (1936)
Humorestless (1925) wvicon.gif
Tap Dance of the Chimes (1936)
Melody in F (1925)
Wise Cracker Suite (1936)
Spring Song (1925)
Sport Model Encore (1937)
There's No One Can Love Me Like You Do (1925)
The Hobble De Hoy (1938)
Traumerei (1925)
Dancing Shadow (1944)
Fantasy (1926)
Classical
Elihu's Harmonica (1944)
Jack in the Box (1927) wvicon.gif
Parade of the Jumping Beans (1944)
Jay Walk (1927) wvicon.gif
Pickle Pepper Polka (1944)
Valse Mirage (1927)
Tune For Mademoiselle (1944)
Sparkling Waters (1928)
Amazonia (1945)
Concert Etude (1929)
Butterfly (1945)
Heaven's Garden (1931)
Flutter By, Butterfly (1945)
Buffoon (1932) wvicon.gif
Rag Doll Carnival (1945) wvicon.gif
Champagne (1932)
Four Candy Pieces (1949)
Desert Dance (1932)
Song of Thanksgiving (1952)
In the South of France (1932)
Four Circus Pieces (1959)
Indian Prayer (1932) wvicon.gif
Fourth Dimension (1959)