Taswell Baird

Taswell Baird

Real Name:
Taswell Joseph Baird, Jr.
Jazz trombonist.

Born : June 24, 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Died: November 22, 2002 in Oakland, California

Taswell Baird, Jr (sometimes known as "Little Joe" from his middle name) was born in St Louis. He spent 50 years as a touring musician working with musicians "from Dizzy Gillespie to Lena Horne", and played on recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong.

During the final year of his life, when he could no longer play the trombone, he took up the piano.

On November 5th, 2002, he was thrown from his wheelchair and beaten by robbers who stole $80 from him outside of his West Oakland retirement home. He died seventeen days later of injuries sustained during the robbery.
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Taswell Baird Discography

Instruments & Performance

8559 Jay McShann Jay McShann - Confessin' The Blues / Hootie Blues(Shellac, 10") Decca 8559 US 1941 Sell This Version
4387 Jay McShann And His Orchestra Jay McShann And His Orchestra - Lonely Boy Blues / Sepian Bounce(Shellac, 10") Decca 4387 US 1942 Sell This Version
B.9612 Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra - Ow ! / Oop-Pop-A-Da (Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice B.9612 UK 1948 Sell This Version
B.9646 Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra - Two Bass Hit / Stay On It(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice B.9646 UK 1948 Sell This Version
AL 1549 Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra - Mr. "B" (Comp) Audio Lab (3) AL 1549 US 1960 Sell This Version
87094/96 Various Lonely Boy Blues (as Joe Baird) Various - The Golden Book Of Classic Swing - Volume 2(3xLP, Comp) Brunswick 87094/96 Germany 1963 Sell This Version
LPV 519 Various Cool Breeze and 3 more… Various - The Be-Bop Era (Comp) RCA Victor LPV 519 US 1965 Sell This Version
BYG 529145, 529.145 Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie - Groovin' High (Comp) Savoy Records BYG 529145, 529.145 France 1969 Sell This Version
SM 3082 Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra - 1944 - 1945 (Comp) Joker (2) SM 3082 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
P-24030 Dizzy Gillespie Emanon and 1 more… Dizzy Gillespie - In The Beginning (Comp) Prestige P-24030 US 1973 Sell This Version
MCA2-4062 Various Sepian Bounce (as Joe Baird) Various - Encyclopedia Of Jazz On Records - Vol. 3 The Forties, Vol. 4 The Fifties(2xLP, Comp) MCA Records MCA2-4062 US 1974 Sell This Version
SJL 2214 Billy Eckstine Billy Eckstine - Mister B. And The Band (Comp) Savoy Records SJL 2214 US 1976 Sell This Version
510.151 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong - Complete Recorded Works 1935 - 1945(10xLP, Comp + Box) MCA Records 510.151 France 1976 Sell This Version
J.G. 1010 Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie - Live At The Downbeat Club Summer 1947 (Album) Jazz Guild J.G. 1010 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
QSR 2415 Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra - Billy Eckstine Orchestra 1945(Cass, Album, RE) Alamac QSR 2415 US 1985 Sell This Version
CL89804 Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie - Diz Delights(LP, Comp, Mono) RCA CL89804 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
CD 53029 Various Oop-Pop-A-Da (as Joe and 2 more… Various - Be Bop - 1945-1953(CD, Comp) Giants Of Jazz CD 53029 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
R2 70281, R2/R4 70281 Various Oop-Pop-A-Da Various - The Beat Generation(3xCD, Comp, RM + Box) Rhino Records (2), Rhino Records (2) R2 70281, R2/R4 70281 US 1992 Sell This Version
BG2 66528 Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie - The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Comp) Bluebird (3) BG2 66528 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
MJCD 78/79 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker - Volumes 1 & 2 - Young Bird - 1940-1944(2xCD, Comp) Média 7 MJCD 78/79 France 1995 Sell This Version
FA 050 Various Blowin' The Blues Away Various - Roots Of Rhythm & Blues 1939-1945(2xCD, Comp) Frémeaux & Associés FA 050 France 1996 Sell This Version
Classics 914 Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra - 1944-1945(CD, Comp) Classics Records Classics 914 France 1996 Sell This Version
CDP 7243 8 57061 2 7 Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie - Diz 'N Bird At Carnegie Hall (Album) Roost CDP 7243 8 57061 2 7 US 1997 Sell This Version
R2CD 40-43 Dizzy Gillespie How High The Moon Dizzy Gillespie - The Gold Collection - Classic Performances(2xCD, Comp) Retro (2) R2CD 40-43 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
Classics 958 Sarah Vaughan I'll Wait And Pray Sarah Vaughan - The Chronological Sarah Vaughan: 1944-1946(CD, Comp) Classics Records Classics 958 France 1997 Sell This Version