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Edward Elzear "Zez" Confrey
Birth: Apr. 3, 1895
Peru
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 22, 1971
Lakewood
Ocean County
New Jersey, USA

Composer. He was famous in the 1920s for his jazz and ragtime-influenced solo piano works, especially "Kitten on the Keys" (1921), a favorite improviser's piece. He played it at the historic 1924 Paul Whiteman concert that also saw the premiere of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"; two decades later it was still popular enough to be featured in a Warner Bros. cartoon, "Rhapsody Rabbit," where it was performed as a duet by Bugs Bunny and a mouse. Confrey's other hits include "Stumbling" (1921), which he turned into a song, "My Pet" (1920), "Dizzy Fingers" (1922), and "Nickel in the Slot" (1923). He was also a prolific recording artist, cutting over 250 piano rolls and discs between 1918 and 1932. After the mid-1930s his career was hampered by Parkinson's disease. His book "Zez Confrey's Modern Course in Novelty Piano Playing" was in print for over 40 years. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Wilhelmina Matthes Confrey (1903 - 1991)*
 
 Children:
  Paul Beaumont Confrey (1933 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Marys of the Lake Cemetery
Lakewood
Ocean County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section B R17-23
 
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Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Nov 11, 2004
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Edward Elzear Zez Confrey
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you sure knew how to tickle the Ivories,on your 1921 song "Kitten on the Keys". thank you for such a memorable song
- Matthew
 Added: Jun. 23, 2016

- Cindy
 Added: Apr. 3, 2016
On your 121st birthday
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Apr. 2, 2016
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