Zez Confrey  (1895-1971)
Last updated: 27.10.18
p_confrey.jpgAccording 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 (1921)
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 given under tab Books above written by him was more than 40 years in print. A sufferer of Parkinson's disease, he retired after World War II.
 
Websites:
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Recorder Music CDs:
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Brass Music CDs:
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Ragtime Music CDs:
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cd15.gif Various Artists A Century of Ragtime 1897-1997 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists The Hits of '22: Do It Again! flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists 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 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 That Devilin' Tune CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Noel Lester Syncopated Sensations flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif  Claude Bolling Original Ragtime CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling 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 Ragtime Bolling & Boogie CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Elite Syncopators American Sampler Rag CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Alan Mandel American Piano Vol. 3: Rags and Other Riches flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Dave Tucker Meadow Lark CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Dave Tucker Tickled Ragtime & Novelties CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor Ragtime Reunion
cd15.gif Mimi Blais Old Rags New Rags flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais Ragtime
cd15.gif Mimi Blais Taxi! flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif  Peter Bocage 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 Marco Fumo Last Time Rag: Joplin - Morton et al flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom Sweet Sixteenths: A Ragtime Concert CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Muriel Pollock Vol. 6 Keyboard Wizards of the Gershwin Era flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Matthew Davidson Whippin the Keys flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Lincoln Mayorga On Tour CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Lincoln Mayorga Sophisticated Innocence CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Ton Van Bergeyk Black & Tan Fantasy flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Styliani Dizzy Fingers flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif New England Ragtime Ensemble The Art of the Rag flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Richard Dowling 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 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 Mark Birnbaum Hot Piano! Ragtime Blues Jazz Classical Mark Birnbaum flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller Live in Kalamazoo CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller Nola flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller Those Irresistible Blues CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Lisa Otey Kitten on the Keys flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif David A. Jasen Rompin' Stompin' Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Guido Nielsen Kitten on the Keys flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Artis Wodehouse Zez Confrey: Piano Rolls and Scores flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Frederick Hodges Kitten on the Keys: Ragtime, Novelty & Stride Classics flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath Living a Ragtime Life flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  Knuckles O'Toole Knuckles O'Toole: Plays The Greatest All-Time Ragtime Hits flag15us.gif
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cd15.gif Joe "Fingers" Carr Honky Tonk Hits of Joe "Fingers" Carr flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Johnny Maddox Red Hot Ragtime Volume 2 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards It's Ragging Cats and Dogs
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards A Ragtime Sampler
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards The Two Sides of Perfessor Bill
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE345 Coaxing the Piano (1922) - Novelty
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
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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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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: Electronic Resource Items
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Greenwich Witch (1921) 1921  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Kitten on the Keys (1921) 1921  wvicon.gif
My Pet (1921) 1921  wvicon.gif
Poor Buttermilk (1921) 1921  wvicon.gif
You Tell 'em Ivories (1921) 1921  wvicon.gif
Coaxing the Piano (1922) 1922  wvicon.gif
Dumbell (1922) 1922  wvicon.gif
Kitten on the Keys - Song 1922 Sam Coslow  wvicon.gif
Stumbling (1922) 1922 Words & Music by Confrey  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Stumbling - Paraphrase 1922  wvicon.gif
Tricks (1922) 1922  wvicon.gif
Dizzy Fingers (1923) 1923  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Nickel in the Slot 1923  wvicon.gif
Three Little Oddities 1923  wvicon.gif
Anticipation 1924
High Hattin' 1924 part of African Suite wvicon.gif
Kinda Careless 1924 part of African Suite wvicon.gif
Mississippi Shivers 1924 part of African Suite wvicon.gif
Who Do You Suppose? 1924
Charleston Chuckles 1925
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Fantasy 1925 Jazz Arrangement
Flower Song 1925
Home Sweet Home 1925
Humorestless 1925  wvicon.gif
Melody in F 1925
Spring Song 1925
There's No One Can Love Me Like You Do 1925
Traumerei 1925
Fantasy 1926 Classical
Jack in the Box 1927  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Jay Walk 1927  wvicon.gif
Valse Mirage 1927
Sparkling Waters 1928
Concert Etude 1929
Heaven's Garden 1931
Buffoon 1932  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Champagne 1932
Desert Dance 1932  youtube15.jpg
In the South of France 1932
Indian Prayer 1932  wvicon.gif
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Moods of a New Yorker 1932
Phantom Cadets 1932
Wistfullness 1932
Grandfather's Clock 1933
Sittin' on a Log Pettin' My Dog 1933
Smart Alec 1933  wvicon.gif
Arabian Maid 1935
Birds' Carnival 1935  wvicon.gif
Blue Tornado 1935
Giddy Ditty 1935  wvicon.gif
A Heart Like the Ocean 1935
Lullaby From Mars 1935
Mouse's Hoofs 1935  wvicon.gif
Rag Doll Dimples 1935
Rhythm Venture 1935
Tin Pan Symphony 1935
Audacity 1936  wvicon.gif
Home-Run on the Keys 1936
Meandering 1936
Midsummer's Nightmare 1936
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Motif Du Concert 1936
Sugar Dance 1936
Sunshine From the Fingers 1936
Tap Dance of the Chimes 1936
Wise Cracker Suite 1936
Sport Model Encore 1937
The Hobble De Hoy 1938
Dancing Shadow 1944
Elihu's Harmonica 1944
Parade of the Jumping Beans 1944
Pickle Pepper Polka 1944
Tune For Mademoiselle 1944
Amazonia 1945
Butterfly 1945
Flutter By, Butterfly 1945
Rag Doll Carnival 1945  wvicon.gif
Four Candy Pieces 1949
Song of Thanksgiving 1952
Four Circus Pieces 1959
Fourth Dimension 1959
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youtube15.jpg Buffoon 3:01 Z. Confrey  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Desert Dance 1:56 Z. Confrey  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Dizzy Fingers 3:13 Z. Confrey  Ragtime Dorian Henry Dizzy Fingers (1923)
youtube15.jpg Greenwich Witch 2:23 Z. Confrey  Ragtime Dorian Henry Greenwich Witch (1921)
youtube15.jpg Jack in the Box 2:14 Z. Confrey  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Stumbling 1:57 Z. Confrey  Ragtime Dorian Henry Stumbling (1922)
youtube15.jpg Mimi Blais Dizzy Fingers 7:22 Z. Confrey  Mimi Blais My Pet (1921)