Red Hot Jazz Archive

Redhotjazz.com was a pioneering website during the “Information wants to be Free” era of the late 1990s. In that spirit we are recovering the lost data from the now defunct site and sharing it with you here for free, outside of our paywall. Red Hot Jazz was a resource and an inspiration and it shouldn’t be lost. Like the original Redhotjazz.com this is a labor of love done in our free time. New entries are added daily. “Completion” is estimated by March 2021 but it will always be a work in progress. Most title links are to downloadable Real Audio files except where an MP3 file was available from Jazz-On-Line.com
Jungle Kings

Jungle Kings

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Dark Town Strutters Ball (Shelton Brooks) 4-5-1928 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12654-B 20564-2 Friars Point Shuffle (Eddie Condon / Red McKenzie ) 4-5-1928

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Chicago Rhythm Kings

Chicago Rhythm Kings

Here are some Austin High Gang recordings with a very young Gene Krupa inspiring them with his driving beat on the drums. Eddie Condon does the vocal on There’ll Be Some

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Fats Waller and his Buddies

Fats Waller and his Buddies

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Harlem Fuss (Fats Waller) 3-1-1929 New York, New York Victor V-38050 Bluebird 10185 I Need Someone Like You (Abel

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George Lewis and Bunk Johnson

George Lewis (1900-1968)

George Lewis (July 13, 1900 – December 31, 1968) was one of the Jazz musicians who didn’t leave New Orleans in the 1920s. He stayed

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New Orleans Wanderers

New Orleans Wanderers

These fine sessions caused a lot of discord in the Armstrong household. Columbia records approached Lil Hardin-Armstrong about writing and recording some songs. Louis was not allowed

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Flat Foot New Orleans Bootblacks

New Orleans Bootblacks

Two records of this session were released under the name of the New Orleans Wanderers. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Flat Foot (Lil Hardin

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Marable Dodds

Johnny Dodds (1892-1940)

Johnny Dodds (April 12, 1892 – August 8, 1940) was one of the greatest clarinetist of the 1920’s. Although both Jimmie Noone and Sidney Bechet had better technique,

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arroll Dickerson's Savoyagers

Carroll Dickerson’s Savoyagers

Violinist Carroll Dickerson led this orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom at South Parkway and East 47th Street in Chicago and toured the Pantages Vaudeville circuit.

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Portrait of Honore Dutrey, Louis Warnick and George McCullum Sr.

Honore Dutrey (1894-1935)

In 1910 Honore Dutrey (c. 1894 in New Orleans, Louisiana – July 21, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois) started playing trombone in various bands in New Orleans, including Jimmie Noone’s outfit.

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Fess Williams and his Joy Boys

Fess Williams and his Joy Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Dixie Stomp (Tremaine) 4-3-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 15690 Drifting And Dreaming (Haven Gillespie / Egbert Van Alstyne) 4-3-1928 Chicago,

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Sam Morgan's Jazz Band

Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band

  Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bogalousa Strut (Sam Morgan) 10-22-1927 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 14351-D Down By The Riverside (traditional) 10-22-1927 New Orleans,

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Alex Hill

Alex Hill and his Hollywood Sepians

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ain’t It Nice? (Alex Hill / Irving Mills) 9-10-1934 New York, New York Vocalion 2826-B Functionizin’ (Fats Waller) 9-10-1934 New York,

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JIMMY-WADE and his DIXIELANDERS

Jimmy Wade and his Dixielanders

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Gates Blues 10-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1236 C-2429-A Gates Blues 10-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion unissued C-2429-B Mississippi Wobble (Alex

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Cookie's Gingersnaps

Cookie’s Gingersnaps

Cookie’s Gingersnaps is a small group taken from Doc Cook and his Dreamland Orchestra Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Here Comes The Hot Tamale

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Bee Palmer (1894-1967)

Bee Palmer (1894-1967)

Beatrice C. “Bee” Palmer (11 September 1894 – 22 December 1967) was born in Chicago, the third of four children born to Charles and Anna

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Al Siegel Orchestra

Al Siegel’s Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Grass Blues (Billy Meyers / Elmer Schoebel) 1-1924 New York, New York Paramount 20314 1645-1 Blue Grass Blues

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Thelma Terry (1901-1966)

Thelma Terry (1901-1966)

Until recently, next to nothing was known about Thelma Terry (September 30, 1901 – May 30, 1966): she played string bass in Chicago in the

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Johnny Dunn and his Jazz Band

Johnny Dunn and his Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company I Promised Not To Holler, But Hey! Hey! (Johnny Dunn) 10-30-1923 New York, New York Columbia 13004-D Jazzin’ Babies

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Johnny Dunn and his Band

Johnny Dunn and his Band

The 1928 sessions called Johnny Dunn and his Band are interesting in that Dunn plays with three of the greats of 1920s Jazz piano, Jelly Roll Morton on the March 13th

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Johnny Dunn Jazz Hounds

Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bugle Blues (Robert Kelly) 12-21-1921 New York, New York Columbia A3541 Four O’Clock Blues (Johnny Dunn / Gus Horsley) 9-21-1922

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Edith Wilson and Her Jazz Band

Edith Wilson and Her Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Daddy Change Your Mind (Frank Guarente) 1-12-1924 New York, New York Columbia 14008-D I Don’t Know I Don’t Care

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Edith Wilson (1896-1981)

Edith Wilson (1896-1981)

Edith Wilson (September 2, 1896 – March 31, 1981) was one of the stars of early African-American musical theatre. After working in vaudeville with her

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Louisiana Sugar Babes

Louisiana Sugar Babes

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Persian Rug (Gus Kahn / Neil Morét) 3-27-1928 Camden, New Jersey Victor 21346-A ‘Sippi (1) (From “Keep Shuffin’”) (Johnson /

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George Mitchell (1899-1972)

George Mitchell (1899-1972)

George Mitchell, (March 8, 1899– May 22, 1972) the gifted hard-driving cornet player on Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers recording sessions, deserves wider recognition and

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Jabbo Smith's Rhythm Aces

Jabbo Smith’s Rhythm Aces

At the request of Mayo Williams of the Brunswick Record Company of Chicago, Jabbo Smith formed his Rhythm Aces, a quintet with which he recorded

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Frank Melrose (1907-1941)

Frank Melrose (1907-1941)

Pianist Frank Melrose (November 26, 1907 – September 1, 1941) was the younger brother of music publishers and agents Walter and Lester Melrose, who ran

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Jimmie Noone (1895-1944)

Jimmie Noone (1895-1944)

Jimmie Noone is considered one of the best clarinetists of the Twenties. His style differs from the other two great New Orleans clarinet players, Johnny

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Alex Hill

Alex Hill (1906-1937)

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in April 1906, Alex Hill (April 22, 1906 – February 1937), the eldest son of an African Episcopalian minister and

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Dixie Rhythm Kings

Dixie Rhythm Kings

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Congo Love Song 9-23-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick BR7115 Easy Rider 9-23-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick BR7127 Storybook Ball 9-23-1929 Chicago,

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Omer Simeon (1902-1959)

Omer Simeon (1902-1959)

Omer Simeon (July 21, 1902 – September 17, 1959) and his family moved from New Orleans to Chicago in 1914 and like so many other great

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Noble Sissle and his Orchestra

Noble Sissle and his Orchestra

  Title Recording Date Recording Location Company All By Yourself In The Moonlight 12-13-1928 London, England Parlophone R-252 Kismit K-705 Bandana Days From “Shuffle Along”

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Original Jazz Hounds

Original Jazz Hounds

Not to be confused with Johnny Dunn’s Jazz Hounds, Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds, or the several other similarly named groups. Louis Metcalf is the cornet

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Charles Creath's Jazz-O-Maniacs

Charlie Creath (1890-1951)

Charlie Creath was, like Fate Marable and Peck Kelly, was a regional band leader. Never traveling to the major jazz centers like Chicago or New York

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Harry's Happy Four

Harry’s Happy Four

Harry Cooper’s group also recorded as Sara Martin accompanied by Harry’s Happy Four. Cooper would go on to play in the Cotten Club Orchestra, The Washingtonians, Billy

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Jungle Town Stompers

Jungle Town Stompers

Find a short description of this band at Allmusic.com Title Recording Date Recording Location Company African Jungle (Spencer Williams) 4-15-1929 New York, New York Okeh

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Six Black Diamonds

Six Black Diamonds

This was a pseudonym, often used on Banner, and other Regal Record Company, Inc.-produced labels that were marketed & distributed by the Plaza Music Company.

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Johnny Dunn (1897-1937)

Before Louis Armstrong left Chicago to join Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra in 1924, Johnny Dunn (February 19, 1897 – August 20, 1937) was considered the king of New York’s Jazz

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thomas morris

Thomas Morris (1897-1945)

Cornetist Thomas Morris  (August 30, 1897 – 1945) is a somewhat shadowy, yet prolific figure of the early New York Jazz scene. He led a

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Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters

Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters

Learn what there is to know about Thomas Morris. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Beaucoupe de Jazz (Lots Of Jazz) (Thomas Morris) 8-7-1923 New

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Albert Nicholas (1900-1973)

Albert Nicholas  (May 27, 1900 – September 3, 1973) played with Buddy Petit, King Oliver, and Manuel Perez while still a teenager in New Orleans and

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