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

Charleston Chasers

Charleston Chasers

The Charleston Chasers recording sessions were often a pseudonym for Red Nichols Five Pennies, but the name was used by Columbia for various other outfits including

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The Triangle Harmony Boys

The Triangle Harmony Boys

The Triangle Harmony Boys were an African-American band from Montgomery, Alabama. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Canned Heat Blues (Bridges / McMath) 7-7-1927 Birmingham,

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Cornell Collegians

The Collegians

Prior to his stint with the great Jean Goldkette band, slide trombonist Speigle Willcox was with the Al Deisseroth Orchestra in 1920, and then with

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Luis Russell

Lou and his Gingersnaps

Lou And His Gingersnaps was a pseudonym for the Luis Rusell Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Broadway Rhythm (Joffe) 9-13-1929 New York, New

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Darnell Howard: A Musician’s Life, Part One

Tennessee Ten

Thanks to Bob Palmer for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Down Hearted Blues (Introducing “Chirpin’ The Blues”) (Lovie Austin / Alberta

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Junie Cobb's Hometown Band

Junie Cobb’s Hometown Band

< Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Chicago Buzz (Jimmy Blythe / Vol Stevens) 8-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12382-B 2620-3 East Coast Trot (Jimmy Blythe / Vol

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E.C. Cobb and his Corn Eaters

E.C. Cobb and his Corn Eaters

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Barrell House Stomp (Lester Melrose) 12-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Victor V-38023-A 48712-1 Transatlantic Stomp (Junie C. Cobb) 12-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois

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Roy Bargy (1894-1974)

Imperial Three

Roy Bargy and Charley Straight worked at the Imperial Piano Roll Company when these recordings were made. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company O (Oh!) Medley

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Sara Martin Jug Band

Sara Martin Jug Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Devil Blues (Earl McDonald / Clifford Hayes) 9-16-1924 New York, New York Okeh 8188-A Blues Please Go Away

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columbia-A2945

Morrison’s Jazz Orchestra

This early African-American Jazz record was released on the flip side of a Ted Lewis’ record “Somehow Fox-Trot“. George Morrison’s Jazz Orchestra was from Denver, Colorado. The

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Yerkes' Happy Six

Yerkes’ Happy Six

Harry Yerkes directed this group which featured New Orleans musicians Alcide “Yellow” Nuņez and Tom Brown. The same group of muicians also recorded as Yerke’s Jazarimba Orchestra Thanks to

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Ray Miller's Orchestra

Ray Miller’s Orchestra

During the l920’s, Ray Miller was a well-known, highly respected bandleader whose orchestra made many recordings for various companies; it was featured on-the-air for most

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The Kentucky Serenaders

The Kentucky Serenaders

Other releases using the Kentucky Serenaders name were a psuedonym for Lanin’s Southern Serenaders.Thanks to Owen Miller for the recordings on this page. Title Recording Date

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Jimmy Haislip (1936-2017)

McKenzie’s Candy Kids

McKenzie’s Candy Kids was a pseudonym for the Mound City Blue Blowers. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Best Black (Red McKenzie) 1925 New York, New York

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Mezzrow- Ladnier Quintet

Mezzrow- Ladnier Quintet

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None O’ This Jelly-Roll Quintet selected by Hughes Panassié (Spencer Williams / Clarence Williams) 12-19-1938 New

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The Syncopating Seven

The Syncopating Seven

The Syncopatin’ Seven was a later version of The Syncopatin’ Five. They got their start playing dance music in hotels in Florida. Most of the band

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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 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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