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

Kansas City Four/Five

This band from the 1920s has no relation to the 1938 sessions of the same name, that featured players from the Count Basie Orchestra and

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Musical Stevedores

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Happy Rhythm (Clarence Williams) 1-30-1929 New York, New York Columbia 14406-D Honeycomb Harmony (Clarence Williams) 1-30-1929 New York, New

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Virginia Liston (1890-1932)

Virginia Liston (1890-1932)

Virginia Liston (c. 1890 – June 1932) would most likely be barely remembered today if she had not sung on a Clarence Williams Blue Five record

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Margaret Johnson (?-?)

Very little is known about the life of Margaret Johnson. She was very active on the vaudeville circuit in the early 1920s and is known

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Harlem Trio

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Clarinet Laughing Blues (George McClennon) 4-1923 New York, New York Okeh 8072 71511-A Clarinet Laughing Blues (George McClennon) 4-1923

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Clarence Williams’ Blue Five

Clarence Williams’ Blue Five were a series of recording sessions that featured some of the best Jazz musicians and Blues singers of the early 1920s. Louis Armstrong, Sidney

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Clarence Williams’ Blue Seven

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Baby Won’t You Please Come Home (Clarence Williams / Charles Warfield) 9-23-1927 New York, New York Okeh 8510 Close Fit

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Memphis Jazzers

The March of 1929 session is a Clarence Williams’ session. The other sessions feature different unknown bands. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Am I Blue?

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Clarence Williams’ Jug Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Chizzlin’ Sam (Clarence Williams) 8-7-1933 New York, New York Columbia 2829-D High Society (Clarence Williams / A.J. Piron) 8-7-1933 New York,

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Dixie Washboard Band

Thanks to Bob Palmer for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Anywhere Sweetie Goes (I’ll Be There) (Clarence Williams / Fats Waller)

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Clarence Williams’ Novelty Four

Eddie Lang and King Oliver are both in top form, while Clarence Williams adds some very effective celeste parts and nice melancholy singing to “What Ya Want Me To Do?“.

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Clarence Williams’ Jazz Kings

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Pane In The Glass (Clarence Williams) 8-26-1929 New York, New York Columbia 14460-D Any Time (Clarence Williams / Joe

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Barrel House Five Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Endurance Stomp (A.C Fernandez / Lester Melrose) 1-1928 Long Island City, New York Paramount 12875-A 330-A Endurance Stomp (Barrel

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Jamaica Jazzers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company You Don’t Know My Mind Blues (Clarence Williams / Sam Gray / Virginia Liston) 3-10-1924 New York, New York Okeh 40117-A

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