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

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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Mamie Smith Choo Cho

Mamie Smith Choo Cho Jazzers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company My Sweet Man (Tickles The Ivories For Me) (Benett) 9-1924 New York, New York Ajax 17068 What You Need

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Joseph Samuels' Jazz Band

Joseph Samuels’ Jazz Band

Known for backing up Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Big Bad Bill (Jack Yellen / Milton Ager) New

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Mamie Smith

Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band

Mamie Smith is backed up by Joseph Samuels’ Jazz Band on the recordings made between August and September of 1921. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Little

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Mamie Smith with jazz band

Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds

In 1919, African-American songwriter and pianist Perry Bradford was sure that there was a market for African-American music aimed at African-American consumers. He had a hard

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Mamie Smith

Mamie Smith (1883-1946)

Mamie Smith was the first to record blues songs in 1920 with her versions of Perry Bradford’s “Crazy Blues“, and “It’ s Right Here for You” on

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Tony Parenti

Tony Parenti (1900-1972)

Anthony Parenti (8-6-1900 to 4-17-72) was born into a musical family and learned as a youngster to play various reed instruments. By the time he

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Armand A J Piron

A.J. Piron (1888-1943)

Violinist Armand Piron (8-16-1888 to 2-17-1943)  is remembered most today as the early business partner of Clarence Williams. They owned The Piron-Williams Publishing Company in

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Buddy Petit (1895-1931)

Buddy Petit (1895-1931)

Buddie Petit was, at the height of his powers, considered one of the greatest of the New Orleans cornet players. Although he never recorded, many

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Kid Rena

Kid Rena (1898-1949)

When Henry “Kid” Rena‘s (pronounced ruh-NAY, 8-30-1898 to 4-25-1949) name comes up, albeit infrequently, in the annals of New Orleans jazz, he’s usually identified as

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Kid Rena's Jazz Band

Kid Rena’s Jazz Band

The rehearsals were held at Willie Santiago’s house in New Orleans. The finished cuts were recorded at WWL radio station, Roosevelt Hotel, in New Orleans.

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Elgars Creole Orchestra

Elgars Creole Orchestra

Violinist Charles Elgar (June 13, 1879 – August 1973) left New Orleans in 1913 and moved to Chicago. He organized several bands that played in

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Manuel Perez (1873-1946)

Manuel Perez (1873-1946)

Manuel Perez’s (December 28th 1871 – 1946) place in the history of Jazz would probably have been greater if he would have talked to historians,

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Alphonse Picou (1878-1961)

Alphonse Picou (1878-1961)

Creole clarinetist Alphonse Picou (10-18-1880 to 2-4-1961) was one of the earliest Jazz musicians from New Orleans and is generally credited with developing the clarinet

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Freddie Keppard (1889-1933)

Freddie Keppard (1889-1933)

Freddie Keppard (2-27-1890 to 12-21-1933) was an important musician who succeeded Buddy Bolden as “king” of the cornet players in New Orleans. He started playing around 1906,

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Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson (1872-1972)

Bill Johnson (8/10/1872-12/3/1971) and one of the first band leaders to take the New Orleans style of Jazz outside of the city. In 1909 he

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