Red Hot Jazz Archive

Redhotjazz.com was a crown jewel of the early internet. Starting in the mid ’90s it made the offline discographies and biographies of early jazz available to the online public. It also hosted thousands of audio files donated by people who were digitizing their 78 RPM record collections, making many obscure recordings available for the first time. This all started long before Youtube and even before Wikipedia was much more than an idea.

We are duplicating the content of the Red Hot Jazz Archive from a snapshot saved in Archive.org’s Wayback Machine. Keeping with both the original intent and mission of Redhotjazz.org everything will be publicly available outside of our paywall. For ease of use we are improving each entry to meet the norms of the phone friendly modern internet.

The downloadable music files are mostly MP3s but some are in the ancient Real Audio (.ra) format. Rather than opening a new tab so you can stream or download them the Real Audio files will immediately download when you click them. Don’t be frightened. You don’t need Real Audio player to play them but they won’t work on Windows Media Player. We recommend the free and open source VLC player.

For more information read: About the Archive

Mezz Mezzrow and his Swing Band

Mezz Mezzrow and his Swing Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Melody From The Sky (Featured In The Paramount film “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”) Vocal refrain by

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Tommy Ladnier and his Orchestra

Tommy Ladnier and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ja Da Orchestra selected by Hugues Panassie (Bob Carleton) 11-28-1938 New York, New York Bluebird B-10086-B Really The Blues

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Mezz Mezzrow

Mezz Mezzrow (1899-1972)

Although he was a decent clarinetist and saxophonist, Mezz Mezzrow is remembered today primarily for his autobiography “Really the Blues”, and for rejecting White society

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Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra

Erskine Tate (1901-1975)

Erskine Tate was a violinist and leader of a band that played at the Vendome Theatre in Chicago (3143-45 East 31st at State Street) from

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Harry Reser

Harry Reser (1896-1965)

Harry Reser (January 17, 1896 – September 27, 1965) was perhaps the greatest banjoist of the 1920s if not the greatest banjoist of all time.

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Sam Lanin Southern Serenaders

Lanin’s Southern Serenaders

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Arkansas Blues (Spencer Williams) 12-7-1921 New York, New York Regal 9164 Emerson 10496 Aunt Hagar’s Children Blues (W.C. Handy)

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James Reese Europe's Society Orchestra

Europe’s Society Orchestra

Vernon and Irene Castle were dancers who made a name for themselves in Europe performing Ragtime dances like the Texas Tommy, the Turkey Trot and

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Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882-1961)

Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882-1961)

Wilbur Sweatman’s (February 7, 1882 – March 9, 1961) musical career reads like the history of African-Americans in popular music. He got his professional start

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Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra

Bennie Moten (1894-1935)

Pianist and bandleader, Bennie Moten (November 13, 1894 – April 2, 1935) helped to establish what is called the Kansas City Jazz style. In 1922

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Blue Steele and his Orchestra

Blue Steele and his Orchestra

Thanks to Owen Miller for his help with this page Title Recording Date Recording Location Company All Muggled Up Vocal refrain by Frank Myers (Jack

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King of Jazz Venuti and Lang

Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang

Thanks to Owen Miller for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Black And Blue Bottom (Eddie Lang / Joe Venuti) 9-29-1926 New

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Frank Signorelli (1901-1975)

Frank Signorelli and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Blues Serenade (Frank Signorelli / Jimmy Lytell / Vincent Grande) 9-1926 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle 36523 Perfect

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Frank Signorelli (1901-1975)

Frank Signorelli (1901-1975)

Pianist Frank Signorelli (May 24, 1901 – December 9, 1975) started the band the Original Memphis Five with Phil Napoleon in 1917. It was one of the most

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Ed Lang Orchestra

Ed Lang and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bugle Call Rag (Jack Pettis / Billy Meyers / Elmer Schoebel) 5-22-1929 New York, New York Okeh 41410 Freeze

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Joe Venuti's Blue Four/Five/Six

Joe Venuti (1903-1978)

Joe Venuti (September 16, 1903 – August 14, 1978) was the first great violinist of Jazz. The music he made with Eddie Lang would later be

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Arthur Schutt (1902-1965)

Arthur Schutt (1902-1965)

Arthur Schutt (November 21, 1902 – January 28, 1965) began his professional music career in 1915, accompanying silent movies on the piano. In 1918 he

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Ross Deluxe Syncopators

Ross Deluxe Syncopators

The Ross De Luxe Syncopaters were a group out of Miami, Florida that once had Cootie Williams and Edmond Hall in the band. The group

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Earl Hines Orchestra

Earl Hines and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Angry (George Brunies / Jules Cassard / Abbie Brunies / Mecum) 9-13-1934 New York, New York Decca 183 A Beau-Koo

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Jimmy Yancey (1901-1951)

Jimmy Yancey (1901-1951)

Jimmy Yancey was a native of Chicago and learned to play piano from his elder brother, Alonzo, who was a Ragtime picker. Yancey’s father was

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158th Infantry Band of the U.S. Army

158th Infantry Band of the U.S. Army

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Muttering Fritz 10-1-1918 Paris, France Disque Pathé The Darktown Strutter’s Ball (Shelton Brooks) 10-1-1918 Paris, France Disque Pathé 8270

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King Oliver Creole Jazz Band Chicago

King Oliver’s Jazz Band

For information about King Oliver and his other groups:Joe “King” Oliver (1885-1938)Joseph “King” Oliver: Profiles in JazzKing Oliver’s Creole Jazz BandKing Oliver’s Dixie SyncopatorsKing Oliver’s

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King Oliver's Orchestra

King Oliver’s Orchestra

In 1929 King Oliver signed a contract with Victor Talking Machine Company. These sessions turned out to be his last recordings as a band leader. Oliver had

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King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators

King Oliver’s Dixie Syncopators

After the breakup of King Oliver’s great Creole Jazz Band, Oliver rebounded with the Dixie Syncopators after a brief stint with the Dave Peyton Orchestra at the Plantation Cafe. The

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Richard M. Jones (1889-1945)

Four Hot Hounds

Richard M. Jones’ Four Hot Hounds played at Abadie’s in New Orleans between 1909-1911. King Oliver sometimes replaced Sugar Johnny Smith on cornet. The band never recorded, but Jones, Oliver and

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Edmonia Henderson

Edmonia Henderson

Edmonia Henderson (c. 1898 or 1900 – February 17, 1947) was an American classic female blues singer. She was active as a recording artist in the

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Chicago Loopers

The Chicago Loopers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Clorinda (1) (Donald Heywood) 10-1927 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle 36729 Perfect 14910 Clorinda (2) (Donald Heywood) 10-1927 New York,

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Carl Kress and Dick McDonough

Carl Kress and Dick McDonough

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Chicken Ala Swing (Carl Kress / Dick Mcdonough) 2-16-1937 New York, New York Brunswick 7885 Danzon (Carl Kress / Dick Mcdonough)

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Carl Kress (1907-1965)

Carl Kress (1907-1965)

Carl Kress, along with Eddie Lang, can be considered THE founding father of jazz guitar. While Lang pioneered the use of single-string horn inspired lines,

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Alphonso Trent

Alphonso Trent (1905-1959)

Pianist and band leader Alphonso Trent was born October 24, 1905 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He led one of the most influential territory bands operating

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Alphonso Trent and his Orchestra

Alphonso Trent and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company After You’ve Gone (Henry Creamer / J. Turner Layton) 3-5-1930 Richmond, Indiana Gennett 7161 Black And Blue Rhapsody (Madison)

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ethel-waters

Ethel Waters (1896-1977)

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was one of the most popular African-American singers and actresses of the 1920s. She moved to

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Edna Hicks (1895-1925)

Edna Hicks (1895-1925)

Blues singer Edna Hicks (October 14, 1891 or 1895 – August 16, 1925) was born in New Orleans and was the half-sister of Lizzie Miles and

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Lee Collins

Lee Collins (1901-1960)

Lee Collins (October 17, 1901 – July 3, 1960) got his start on the trumpet playing with brass bands in New Orleans as a teenager.

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Memphis Jug Band

Memphis Jug Band

The Memphis Jug Band was one the popular jug bands of the 1920s and 1930s. The leader of the band was Will Shade who played

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Gorman's Novelty Syncopators

Gorman’s Novelty Syncopators

Ross Gorman rose to prominence in Paul Whiteman‘s Orchestra and is probably best remembered today for his original playing of the opening clarinet solo in George Gershwin’s Rhapsody

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Jean Goldkette, William P. Gottlieb's office, New York

Jean Goldkette (1899-1962)

Jean Goldkette  (March 18, 1893 – March 24, 1962) emigrated from France to the United States in 1911. He was a classical piano player. Jean

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The Red Heads

The Red Heads

The Red Heads sessions predated Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, but was basically the same group. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Good Man

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Jimmy Dorsey 1955

Jimmy Dorsey (1904-1957)

The older of the two Dorsey brothers Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was a child prodigy who began his musical career

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Phil Napoleon 1943

Phil Napoleon (1901-1990)

Phil Napoleon (2 September 1901 – 1 October 1990) was a classically trained trumpet player, but he turned his back the concert hall and formed

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New_Orleans_Owls_1922

New Orleans Owls

The New Orleans Owls descended from The Invincibles String Band which had been playing around New Orleans since 1912. The band played regularly at the

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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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