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Jazz Essays

The essays on this page are hosted on the Wayback Machine. Without express permission from the authors we are hesitant to migrate them in the same way we are doing with the discographical material, especially considering some of them are passages from books.

Title Author
The First Jazz Records Scott Alexander
The First Blues Records Scott Alexander
The First Ragtime Records Scott Alexander
Billie Holiday�s Small Band Recordings of 1935-1939 Len Weinstock
The Big Band Era, Or How America Came Out Of The Great Depression And Went On To Win World War II Len Weinstock
The Austin High Gang Charles Edward Smith
Bix And Tram: Bix Beiderbecke with Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra George Avakian
The Young Sidney Bechet 1923 � 1925 Mark Berresford
The Compositions of Jelly Roll Morton 1923 � 1941 Pat Hawes
Recollections of Jelly Roll Morton Charles Campbell
Eddie Condon 1928-1931 Richard M. Sudhalter
The Quintessential Eddie Lang 1925 � 1932 Sally-Ann Worsfold
Duke Ellington Thomas C. Fleming
Encounters With Fats Waller Thomas C. Fleming
Black Musicians and Early Radio Thomas C. Fleming
The Night They Crowned King Oliver Len Weinstock
The Birth of the Cool 1927 Len Weinstock
The Origins of Jazz Len Weinstock
Coleman Hawkins, Father Of The Tenor Sax Len Weinstock
The Rise and Fall of Black Swan Records Jitu K. Weusi
Lieutenant James Reese Europe:
Songs Brought Back from the Battlefield
Tim Gracyk
The King of Jazz – Paul Whiteman: The Father of Big Band Jazz Jo�o Azinhais
Langston Hughes: Jazz Poet Andrew P. Jackson
The Origins Of Big Band Music Bob Thomas
Really the Blues Mark Hirsch 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 or the French servers of 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 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 will download. Don't be scared! Those files will play in many music programs, but not Windows Media Player.

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