Red Hot Jazz Archive

Redhotjazz.com was a pioneering website during the “Information wants to be Free” era of the 1990s. In that spirit we are recovering the lost data from the now defunct site and sharing it with you. Most of the music in the archive is in the form of MP3s hosted on Archive.org or the French servers of Jazz-on-line.com where this music is all in the public domain. Files unavailable from those sources we host ourselves. They were made from original 78 RPM records in the hands of private collectors in the 1990s who contributed to the original redhotjazz.com. They were hosted as .ra files originally and we have converted them into the more modern MP3 format. They are of inferior quality to what is available commercially and are intended for reference purposes only. In some cases a Real Audio (.ra) file from Archive.org will download. Don’t be scared! Those files will play in many music programs, but not Windows Media Player.
Fats Waller (1904-1943)

Fats Waller (1904-1943)

Fats Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was the son of a preacher and learned to play the organ in church with his

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Fats Waller and his Rhythm

Fats Waller and his Rhythm

Late in 1932 Fats Waller hired Phil Ponce as manager. Ponce promptly negotiated a contract with WLW, a powerful Cincinnati radio station which was heard throughout the Midwest.

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Fats Waller and his Rhythm

Fats Waller and his Orchestra

There may have been confusion within the original Red Hot Jazz Archive about this group. It seems likely these sides were actually labeled Fats Waller,

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James Price Johnson (1891-1955)

James Price Johnson (1891-1955)

James P. Johnson was an important transitional figure between ragtime and jazz piano styles. His style became known as Stride. As a boy, Johnson studied

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James P Johnson 1921

Jimmy Johnson’s Jazz Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Carolina Shout (James P. Johnson) 10-1921 New York, New York Arto 9096 Artist Instrument James P. Johnson Piano Unknown

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James Price Johnson (1891-1955)

Johnson’s Jazzers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Can I Get It Now? (Perry Bradford) 6-18-1928 New York, New York Columbia 14247-D Skiddle-De-Scow (Perry Bradford) 6-18-1928 New

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Jimmy Johnson and his Band

Jimmy Johnson and his Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Fare Thee Honey Blues (Perry Bradford) 3-5-1929 New York, New York Columbia 14417-D Put Your Mind Right On It

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Jimmy Johnson and his Orchestra

Jimmy Johnson and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company After Tonight New York, New York Vocalion 4768 Chicago Blues (Biese / Altiere / Williams) 6-18-1928 New York, New

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James P. Johnson's Harmony Eight

James P. Johnson’s Harmony Eight

  Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Dear Old Southland (Henry Creamer / J. Turner Layton) 12-5-1921 New York, New York Okeh 4504-A Bandana Days

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James Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

James Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Born in Joplin, Missouri, James Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901 – May 22, 1967) was a member of an abolitionist family. He was the great-great-grandson

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Charleston Chasers

Charleston Chasers

The Charleston Chasers recording sessions were often a pseudonym for Red Nichols Five Pennies, but the name was used by Columbia for various other outfits including

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The Triangle Harmony Boys

The Triangle Harmony Boys

The Triangle Harmony Boys were an African-American band from Montgomery, Alabama. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Canned Heat Blues (Bridges / McMath) 7-7-1927 Birmingham,

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Cornell Collegians

The Collegians

Prior to his stint with the great Jean Goldkette band, slide trombonist Speigle Willcox was with the Al Deisseroth Orchestra in 1920, and then with

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Ted Weems and his Orchestra 1929

Ted Weems and his Orchestra

Ted Weems was a popular mid-western bandleader who started his band in 1923 while attending the University of Pennsylvania. Around 1925 he moved his band

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Luis Russell (1902-1963)

Luis Russell’s Heebie Jeebie Stompers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Dolly Mine (Luis Russell / Paul Barbarin) 11-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh 8454-A Plantations Joys (Luis Russell) 11-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh 8424

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Luis Russell and His Burning Eight

Luis Russell and His Burning Eight

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company It’s Tight Like That (Thomas A. Dorsey / Hudson Whittaker) 1-15-1929 New York, New York Okeh 8656 Parlophone R

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Luis Russell

Lou and his Gingersnaps

Lou And His Gingersnaps was a pseudonym for the Luis Rusell Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Broadway Rhythm (Joffe) 9-13-1929 New York, New

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The Russell Family’s Legacy of Jazz: Luis Russell, Carline Ray, & Catherine Russell

Luis Russell (1902-1963)

Luis Russell (August 5, 1902 – December 11, 1963) was a native of Panama, but after winning $3000 in a lottery in 1919, he moved

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Wade's Moulin Rouge Orchestra

Wade’s Moulin Rouge Orchestra

The Moulin Rouge Cafe was located at 416 South Wabash Ave. in Chicago. Also see: Jimmy Wade and his Dixielanders Thanks to Russ Shor of VJM’s Jazz

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Darnell Howard: A Musician’s Life, Part One

Tennessee Ten

Thanks to Bob Palmer for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Down Hearted Blues (Introducing “Chirpin’ The Blues”) (Lovie Austin / Alberta

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Junie Cobb's Hometown Band

Junie Cobb’s Hometown Band

< Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Chicago Buzz (Jimmy Blythe / Vol Stevens) 8-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12382-B 2620-3 East Coast Trot (Jimmy Blythe / Vol

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E.C. Cobb and his Corn Eaters

E.C. Cobb and his Corn Eaters

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Barrell House Stomp (Lester Melrose) 12-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Victor V-38023-A 48712-1 Transatlantic Stomp (Junie C. Cobb) 12-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois

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J.C. Cobb and his Grains of Corn

J.C. Cobb and his Grains of Corn

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Boot That Thing (Lester Melrose) 2-11-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1269 C-2941 Don’t Cry Honey (Junie Cobb / Alex Hill) 2-7-1928 Chicago,

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Benson Orchestra of Chicago

Benson Orchestra of Chicago

Edgar A. Benson was a ‘cellist’ who became an impresario, managing many bands in Chicago from 1920 to 1930. The Number One orchestra was originally

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Roy Bargy (1894-1974)

Imperial Three

Roy Bargy and Charley Straight worked at the Imperial Piano Roll Company when these recordings were made. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company O (Oh!) Medley

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Buster Bailey and his Sextet

Buster Bailey and his Sextet

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Am I Blue from “Walk A Little Faster” (Harry Akst / Grant Clarke) 5-1940 New York, New York Varsity

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Hociel Thomas (1904-1952)

Hociel Thomas (1904-1952)

Hociel Thomas (July 10, 1904 – August 22, 1952) was the daughter of pioneering blues and boogie woogie pianist George W. Thomas Jr., and the

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Katherine Henderson

Katherine Henderson (1909-?)

Katherine Henderson was born St. Louis, Missouri on June 23, 1909. She got her start in show business as a small child working in minstrel

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Eva Taylor (1895-1977)

Eva Taylor (1895-1977)

Eva Taylor (January 22, 1895 — October 31, 1977) was a talented entertainer and Blues singer and was one of the first African-American singers to

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Sara-Martin

Sara Martin (1884-1955)

Sara Martin (June 18, 1884 – May 24, 1955) began her career as a vaudeville singer around 1915 in Illinois. In 1922 she was signed

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Sara Martin Jug Band

Sara Martin Jug Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Devil Blues (Earl McDonald / Clifford Hayes) 9-16-1924 New York, New York Okeh 8188-A Blues Please Go Away

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columbia-A2945

Morrison’s Jazz Orchestra

This early African-American Jazz record was released on the flip side of a Ted Lewis’ record “Somehow Fox-Trot“. George Morrison’s Jazz Orchestra was from Denver, Colorado. The

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Yerkes' Happy Six

Yerkes’ Happy Six

Harry Yerkes directed this group which featured New Orleans musicians Alcide “Yellow” Nuņez and Tom Brown. The same group of muicians also recorded as Yerke’s Jazarimba Orchestra Thanks to

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Yerkes' Happy Six

Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra

Yerkes’ Jazarimba Orchestra was an eight piece band that featured George Hamilton Green and his brother Joe Green on marimba and Rudy Wiedoeft on saxophone.

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Ray Miller's Orchestra

Ray Miller’s Orchestra

During the l920’s, Ray Miller was a well-known, highly respected bandleader whose orchestra made many recordings for various companies; it was featured on-the-air for most

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The Kentucky Serenaders

The Kentucky Serenaders

Other releases using the Kentucky Serenaders name were a psuedonym for Lanin’s Southern Serenaders.Thanks to Owen Miller for the recordings on this page. Title Recording Date

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Jimmy Haislip (1936-2017)

McKenzie’s Candy Kids

McKenzie’s Candy Kids was a pseudonym for the Mound City Blue Blowers. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Best Black (Red McKenzie) 1925 New York, New York

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Joe Steele and his Orchestra

Joe Steele and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Coal Yard Shuffle (1) (Joe Steele) 6-4-1929 New York, New York Victor V-38066-B Coal Yard Shuffle (2) (Joe Steele) 6-4-1929 New

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Seminole Syncopators

Seminole Syncopators

The Seminole Syncopators were a Jazz band that was lead by pianist Graham W. Jackson and based in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1920s. Graham W.

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Mezzrow- Ladnier Quintet

Mezzrow- Ladnier Quintet

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None O’ This Jelly-Roll Quintet selected by Hughes Panassié (Spencer Williams / Clarence Williams) 12-19-1938 New

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The Syncopating Seven

The Syncopating Seven

The Syncopatin’ Seven was a later version of The Syncopatin’ Five. They got their start playing dance music in hotels in Florida. Most of the band

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Syncopating Five

The Syncopating Five

The Syncopating Five got their start playing dance music in hotels in Florida. Most of the band members were from Ohio and Indiana and they

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Bubber Miley (1903-1932)

The Texas Blue Destroyers

The Texas Blue Destroyers, who were only trumpet player Bubber Miley and organist Alvin Ray, pulled some kind of con job back in 1924, and managed to

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