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Zez Confrey

Zez Confrey (1895–1971) was a popular composer and pianist whose work epitomized a style known as "novelty ragtime." His multi-themed works sounded like conventional ragtime but made quick excursions into different tonal centers, sometimes giving the illusion of wrong notes. These pieces also contained ear-tricking eccentric rhythms designed to give the listener an off-center effect. His most famous compositions were "Kitten on the Keys" and "Stumbling." Confrey made solo recordings for Edison and Brunswick and also recorded with his dance orchestra for Victor.

The following recordings featuring Zez Confrey are available in the National Jukebox:

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  Artist Role Title Description Primary Performer(s) Date
Leader Dumbell Jazz/dance band Zez Confrey Orchestra 1922-12-26
Leader Kitten on the keys Jazz/dance band Zez Confrey Orchestra 1922-05-04
Leader Are you playing fair? Jazz/dance band Zez Confrey Orchestra 1922-06-29
Leader Struttin' at the strutter's ball Jazz/dance band Zez Confrey Orchestra 1922-06-29
Leader I love her, she loves me Jazz/dance band Zez Confrey Orchestra 1922-05-04
Leader Zenda Jazz/dance band Zez Confrey Orchestra 1922-08-30
Leader Cow bells Jazz/dance band Zez Confrey Orchestra 1922-10-02
Leader Wet yo' thumb Jazz/dance band Zez Confrey Orchestra 1923-04-12
Leader Liza Jazz/dance band Zez Confrey Orchestra 1923-03-21
Leader New Hampshire Jazz/dance band Zez Confrey Orchestra 1923-03-21