Here is information about the composers of songs popular with traditional jazz bands. It is an
abbreviated and selective list – some of these composers wrote hundreds of songs.
Our main sources:
Kinkle, Roger D. The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900-1950. (1974). New
Rochelle, NY: Arlington House.
Rust, Brian, Jazz Records 1897-1942. 4th Ed. (1978). New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House.
Jacobs, Richard and Jacobs, Harriet. Who Wrote That Song. 2nd Ed. (1944). Cincinnati, OH: Writer’
s Digest Books.
Gardner, Edward F. Popular Songs of The Twentieth Century. 1900-1949. (2000). St. Paul, MN:
Shapiro, Nat. Popular Music: An Annotated Index of American Popular Songs. Vol. 5, 1920-1929.
(1969). New York: Adrian Press.
The Composer’s Honor Roll and Index, an accessory of the Charles B. Anderson
Master Fake Book. April 1997 Edition. Edited by Cal Owen.