Date of this Version
Working paper, issued 08/26/2016
James Timothy Brymn (1873-1945), a composer, conductor, and arranger, was one of the cohort of top African American dance band and theatre orchestra leaders active in Chicago and New York who became Army bandleaders in WWI. In the first decade of the 20th century, he was acknowledged as a pre-eminent master of ragtime and one of the premiere song writers of America. Brymn was the author of one of the first published blues (1912), the author of some of the first published tangos (in 1913 and 1914), the author of one of the first published jazz numbers (1917), and the composer of the show (Dinah) that introduced the Black Bottom dance to American in the Roaring Twenties. A member of ASCAP, he wrote songs for five decades, from the 1900s to the 1940s, and had big hits in at least four decades, from the 1900s through the 1930s.