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.

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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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Lizzie Miles (1895-1963)

Lizzie Miles (1895-1963)

Lizzie Miles (March 31, 1895 – March 17, 1963) was born on Bourbon Street and she was singing with the New Orleans Jazz bands of King

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Red Nichols Five Pennies 1926

Miff Mole and his Little Molers

Miff Mole and his Molers was basically a pseudonym for Red Nichols Five Pennies. They used this name when recording for the Okeh Company. Red Nichols and Miff Mole were

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Frank Teschemacher

Frank Teschemacher’s Chicagoans

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Jazz Me Blues (Tom Delaney) 4-28-1928 Chicago, Illinois UHCA 61 Artist Instrument Eddie Condon Banjo George “Rod” Cless Alto

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Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa (1909-1973)

As a teenager in Chicago Gene Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973)was studying drums when he discovered a group of young white jazz

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Red and Miff's Stompers

Red and Miff’s Stompers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Alabama Stomp (a) (from Earl Carroll’s “Vanities”) (Creamer / Johnson) 10-13-1926 New York, New York Edison Alabama Stomp (b) (from Earl

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Russell's Hot Six

Russell’s Hot Six

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company 29th And Dearborn (Richard M. Jones) 3-10-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1010 Sweet Mumtaz (Luis Russell) 3-10-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion

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Barney Bigard and his Jazzopators

Barney Bigard and his Jazzopators

Many of these records appeared as Barney Bigard and his Orchestra Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Barney Goin’ Easy (Barney Bigard / Duke Ellington) 6-8-1939 New

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Barney Bigard Sextet

Barney Bigard Sextet

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man of Mine (Jerome Kern) 1-5-1945 New York, New York Black & White 14 A

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Barney Bigard Quintet

Barney Bigard Quintet

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bojangles (Kern / Field) 2-5-1945 New York, New York Mercury 21023 Borobudor (Barney Bigard) 2-5-1945 New York, New York

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Barney Bigard Trio

Barney Bigard Trio

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Moonglow (Hudson / De Lange / Mills) 1946 New York, New York Signature 28116-B Steps Steps Down (Barney Bigard)

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Ben Selvin and his Novelty Orchestra 1920

Ben Selvin and His Orchestra

Ben Selvin‘s Novelty Orchestra had a massive hit in 1919 with their version of Dardanella. It is reported to have sold around a million copies.

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Ben Selvin (1898-1980)

Ben Selvin (1898-1980)

Originally a violinist, Ben Selvin (March 5, 1898 – July 15, 1980) probably made more records than any other bandleader of the 78 rpm era,

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Louisiana Five

Louisiana Five

This ensemble was among the first groups to record jazz. It made tests for Columbia in early 1918, and its first records to be issued–on

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Bessie Brown

Bessie Brown and Her Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Ridge (Lampl / Davidson / Moret) 4-2-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 3922 Nobody But My Baby Is Getting My

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Luis Russell and his Orchestra

Luis Russsell and his Orchestra

The Luis Russell Orchestra started in Chicago and then moved to New York. They were one of the most innovative bands of their day, but never had

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Ida Cox (1888-1967)

Ida Cox (1888-1967)

Ida Cox (February 26, 1888 or 1896 – November 10, 1967) sang in church choirs as a child in Georgia. She ran away from home

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Ida Cox acc. by the Pruitt Twins

Ida Cox acc. by the Pruitt Twins

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Down The Road Bound Blues (Robert Warfield) 3-1924 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12094-B Mean Lovin’ Man Blues (Majorie Lamkin) 3-1924

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Ida Cox

Ida Cox acc. by her Five Black Spells

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Aching Blues (Misery Blues) 1-1925 Chicago, Illinois Silvertone 3563 Blue Kentucky Blues (Gene Burdette) 1-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12258

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Ida Cox and Lovie Austin

Ida Cox and Lovie Austin

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Come Right In (Ida Cox) 8-1923 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12022 Graveyard Dream Blues (Jimmy Cox / Ida Cox) 10-1923

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Ida Cox and her Allstar Orchestra

Ida Cox and her Allstar Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company I Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Break My Heart 12-20-1940 New York, New York Okeh unissued I Can’t Quit That

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Ida Cox and her Allstar Band

Ida Cox and her Allstar Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Death Letter Blues (Ida Cox / Jessie Crump) 10-31-1939 New York, New York Vocalion 05336 Deep Sea Blues 10-31-1939 New

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Eddie Peabody (1902-1970)

Eddie Peabody (1902-1970)

Eddie Peabody (February 19, 1902 – November 7, 1970), the “King of the banjo”, was not only a superb banjoist but also a great showman

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Mary Johnson (1900-1970)

Mary Johnson (1900-1970)

Blues singer Mary Johnson (March 29, 1898 or 1900 – July 20, 1983) got her start in show business as a teenager in St. Louis.

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Lonnie Johnson in Chicago, 1941

Lonnie Johnson (1890-1970)

Lonnie Johnson (February 8, 1899 – June 16, 1970)was a pioneering Blues and Jazz guitarist and banjoist. He started playing in cafes in New Orleans

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Blind Willie Dunn and Lonnie Johnson

Blind Willie Dunn and Lonnie Johnson

Blind Willie Dunn was a pseudonym that guitarist Eddie Lang’s records were released under when he teamed up with Lonnie Johnson on the Okeh label. Although the November on

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Arcadian Serenaders

Arcadian Serenaders

The Arcadian Serenaders were a group of White New Orleans musicians who played at the Arcadian Ballroom in St. Louis. The 1924 sessions are the

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Original Crescent City Jazzers

Original Crescent City Jazzers

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, the Original Crescent City Jazzers later went by the name of the Arcadian Serenaders after moving to St. Louis in 1925. Trumpet player

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The Cellar Boys

The Cellar Boys

Wingy Manone was the leader of the Cellar Boys. They played at a club in Chicago called My Cellar. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Barrel

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Barbecue Joe and his Hot Dogs

Barbecue Joe and his Hot Dogs

If you listen to “Tar Paper Stomp ” you can hear that Glenn Miller’s famous hit record “In The Mood” is based upon this song. Title

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Joe Manone's Harmony Kings

Joe Manone’s Harmony Kings

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Cat’s Head (Wingy Manone / Hal Jordy) 4-11-1927 New Orleans, Louisanna Columbia 14282-D Ringside Stomp (Stan Miller) 4-11-1927 New Orleans,

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Perry Bradford and his Gang

Perry Bradford and his Gang

Thanks to Robert English for his help with some of the recordings on this page.  Title Recording Date Recording Location Company All That I Had

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Perry Bradford Jazz Phools

Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Charleston, South Carolina (Cecil Mack / James P. Johnson) 2-1924 New York, New York Paramount 12278 Day Break Blues (Original

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Harry Willis

Howell, Horsley and Bradford

“Harry Wills, The Champion” is an very interesting protest song about an African American boxer who was active in the 1910s and 1920s. The undefeated

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Alberta Hunter (1895-1984)

Alberta Hunter (1895-1984)

At age twelve Alberta Hunter (April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984) ran away from her hometown of Memphis to go to Chicago to become

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Red Onion Jazz Babies

Red Onion Jazz Babies

Red Onion Jazz Babies sessions were organized by Clarence Williams and featured Lil Hardin-Armstrong who had come east to be near her husband Louis who had just joined the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra the

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The Plantation Orchestra

The Plantation Orchestra

These Plantation Orchestra sides were made in London by the Pike Davies Orchestra which was an African-American jazz band that supported Florence Mills and Edith Wilson in

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Wilbur Sweatman's Jazz Orchestra - 1918

Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Orchestra

Wilbur C. Sweatman was one of the first African-Americans to record Jazz. His first Jazz recordings were made less than two months after The Original Dixieland Jazz

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Wilbur Sweatman's Brownies

Wilbur Sweatman’s Brownies

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Battleship Kate (Ada Rives / Wilbur Sweatman) 10-10-1924 New York, New York Edison 51438-L 9781-B It Makes No Difference Now

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Wilbur Sweatman's Jazz Orchestra - 1928

Wilbur Sweatman and his Orchestra

This is Wilbur Sweatman’s final recording session. Wilbur Sweatman’s continued to perform live up until the 1950s in the New York area. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Battleship

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Vocalion-A-14476 The Southland Six

The Southland Six

The Southland Six was a pseudonym for The Original Memphis Five. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Eyed Blues 5-1922 New York, New York

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Jazzbo's Carolina Serenaders

Jazzbo’s Carolina Serenaders

Jazzbo’s Carolina Serenaders was a pseudonym for The Original Memphis Five. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Achin’ Hearted Blues (Clarence Williams) 10-1922 New York,

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Bailey's Lucky Seven

Bailey’s Lucky Seven

Bailey’s Lucky Seven was a series of Gennett recording sessions organized by bandleader Sam Lanin. The musicians on the records were often the Original Memphis Five with

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Ladd's Black Aces

Ladd’s Black Aces

None of the musicians in Ladd’s Black Aces were Black even though Gennett records advertised them as such, going so far as to show a

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Jimmy_durante_1935

Jimmy Durante (1893-1980)

Before Jimmy Durante (February 10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) became one of the most famous and lovable entertainers of the Twentieth Century, he was

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Jimmy Durante's Jazz and Novelty Band - 1918

The Syncopating Skeeters

It has been suggested that this band might be Jimmy Durante’s New Orleans Jazz Band. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Loose Feet (Williams) 12-1922 New York,

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Jimmy Durante's Jazz and Novelty Band - 1918

Jimmy Durante’s Jazz Band

This band was organized by drummer Johnny Stein after Stein’s Dixie Jass Band broke up and became the Original Dixieland Jass Band. It is interesting to note that

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Jimmy Durantes Original New Orleans Jazz Band - 1917

New Orleans Jazz Band

This band was organized by drummer Johnny Stein after Stein’s Dixie Jass Band broke up and became the Original Dixieland Jass Band. It is interesting to note that

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Whiteway Jazz Band

Whiteway Jazz Band

Although it will probably never be completely confirmed, the Whiteway Jazz Band is thought to be Jimmy Durante’s band which recorded under the names of the Original New

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Jasper Taylor (1894-1964)

Jasper Taylor (1894-1964)

Jasper Taylor (January 1, 1894-November 7, 1964) was an early Jazz percussionist. He left his home Texas as a teenager in 1912 playing drums with

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Lil Armstrong Chicago Boys Gotham

Lil Armstrong and her Chicago Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Baby Daddy (Lil Armstrong / Williams) 4-4-1950 Chicago, Illinois Gotham G 241 A Baby Daddy (Lil Armstrong) 4-4-1950 Chicago, Illinois

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