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.

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Lil Armstrong and her Orchestra

Lil Armstrong and her Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Everything’s Wrong, Ain’t Nothing Right Vocal Chorus by Lil Armstrong (Lil Armstrong / Evans) 9-8-1938 New York, New York Decca 2542

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Louis Armstrong and Lil Hardin

Lil’s Hot Shots

Lil’s Hot Shots was a pseudonym for Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five. This name was used when recording for Vocalion.   Title   Recording Date  

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Mardi Gras Reads

Midnight Serenaders

This is likely a photo of the Midnight Serenaders that recorded for Paramount in 1928. If so they were led in the studio by Bill

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Bill Haid's Cubs

Bill Haid’s Cubs

Bill Haid played banjo for the Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra and led several small recording sessions in Chicago and New York for Paramount and Broadway

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Clifford Hayes Jug Band

Clifford Hayes Louisville Jug Band

Clifford Hayes was born in Green County, Kentucky. He moved with his parents to Jeffersonville, Indiana, before 1910 and then relocated to Louisville. He played

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Blue Ribbon Syncopators

Blue Ribbon Syncopators

In the 1920s, the top African-American band in Buffalo, NY was the Blue Ribbon Syncopators. They recorded in their hometown for Okeh Records in 1925,

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Jimmie's Joys

Jimmie’s Joys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bugle Call Rag (Elmer Schoebel / Jack Pettis / Meyers) 8-1-1923 Los Angeles, California Golden B-1865 No No Nora

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The Clicquot Club Eskimos

The Clicquot Club Eskimos

The Clicquot Club Eskimos was a banjo orchestra under the direction of Harry Reser. The band was quite well known because of its nationwide weekly half-hour

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Irving Mills and his Modernists

Irving Mills and his Modernists

Although Irving Mills is remembered mostly as a music publisher and for being the manager of the Duke Ellington Orchestra he was also a singer and songwriter. Mills contributed vocals to

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The Hotsy Totsy Boys

The Hotsy Totsy Boys

Here is a nice little recording that was never released and existed only as a test pressing. “Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now” was a very

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Pinetop Smith (1904-1929)

Pinetop Smith (1904-1929)

Clarence “Pine Top” Smith (June 11, 1904 – March 15, 1929) was one of the earliest pianists to recorded a boogie-woogie” piano solo. His 1928

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Lucille Bogan

Bogan’s Birmingham Busters

Lucille Bogan’s recording career came to an end in 1935 and she eventually returned to Birmingham where she reverted to her real name and performed

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Dolly Kay

Dolly Kay (1900?-1982)

Dolly Kay (12 June 1900? – 26 August 1982) was a vaudeville and cabaret singer who started performing sometime around 1920 on the Orpheum curcuit

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The Georgians

The Georgians

The Georgians The Georgians were a subset of the Phil Specht Orchestra. Specht had a gig at the Hotel Alamac in New York City in

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Hartzell "Tiny" Parham (1900-1943)

Parham’s Black Patti Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Um-Ta-Da-Da-Da (McPhail) 6-28-1927 St. Paul, Minnesota Black Patti 8038 Artist Instrument Bob Butler Vocals Doc Cheatham? Cornet Tiny Parham?

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Parham-Pickett Apollo Syncopators

Parham-Pickett Apollo Syncopators

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Alexander, Where’s That Band? (Tiny Parham) 12-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12441-A Mojo Strut (Tiny Parham) 12-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount

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Johnny Dodds and Tiny Parham

Johnny Dodds and Tiny Parham

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Loveless Love (Handy / Koenig / Williams) 4-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12483 Oh Daddy (William Russell / Ed Herbert)

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Ida Cox and Papa Charlie Jackson

Ida Cox and Papa Charlie Jackson

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Mister Man (Part 1) (Charlie Jackson / Clarence Williams) 4-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12275-A Mister Man (Part 2) (Charlie Jackson / Clarence Williams)

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Tiny Parham and his Musicians

Tiny Parham and his Musicians

Tiny Parham is a vastly underrated Chicago bandleader of the 1920s. He cut 38 sides for Victor between 1928 to 1930 under the name of Tiny

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Lovie Austin

Lovie Austin and her Serenaders

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Chicago Mess Around (Lovie Austin) 8-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12380-B Paramount 14030-B Don’t Shake It No More (Thomas A.

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Lovie Austin and her Blues Serenaders

Lovie Austin and her Blues Serenaders

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Charleston Mad Vocal Chorus – Priscilla Stewart (Lovie Austin) 4-1924 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12278 2094-1 Charleston Mad Vocal Chorus

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Ma Rainey acc. by The Pruitt Twins

Ma Rainey acc. by The Pruitt Twins

Paramount advertised this beautiful record as a new, sensational and different souvenir record claiming it was first record to feature a picture of artist on

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Ma Rainey and Papa Charlie Jackson

Ma Rainey and Papa Charlie Jackson

Ma Rainey and Papa Charlie Jackson teamed up for this record in 1928. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Big Feeling Blues (Ma Rainey / Davis) 10-1928 Chicago, Illinois

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Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band

Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band

These sessions feature the great Ma Rainey accompanied by many of the best African-American jazz musicians of the 1920s. All of the New York sessions feature members

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BlackSwan-2034-A Henderson's Dance Orchestra

Henderson’s Dance Orchestra

Thanks to Ted Weir for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Aunt Hagar’s Children Blues (W.C. Handy) 6-1922 New York,

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Dixie Stompers

Dixie Stompers

The Dixie Stompers was a pseudonym for the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. Thanks to Bob Palmer for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location

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Fletcher Henderson

Fletcher Henderson and his Sawin’ Six

Some of these titles were also released as by the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. Also See: Fletcher Henderson (1897-1952), and Fletcher Henderson: Profiles in Jazz. Title Recording

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The Seven Brown Babies

The Seven Brown Babies

The Seven Brown Babies was a pseudonym for the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. They recorded four sides four sides in October 1923 that were all released on

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Fletcher Henderson

Fletcher Henderson (1897-1952)

Fletcher Henderson (December 18, 1897 – December 29, 1952) led the most commercially successful of the African-American Jazz bands of the 1920s. The smooth sound

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Art Hickman and his Orchestra

Art Hickman and his Orchestra

Art Hickman and his Orchestra started out at the St. Francis Hotel (335 Powell Street) in San Francisco in 1913. In those early years of Jazz

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Herb Wiedoeft's Famous Orchestra

Herb Wiedoeft’s Famous Orchestra

Other recordings by this band were released under the name of Herb Wiedoeft’s Cinderella Roof Orchestra and Herb Wiedoeft’s and his Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location

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Jesse Stafford Orchestra

Jesse Stafford and his Orchestra

When Herb Wiedoeft died in a automobile accident in 1928 the Herb Wiedoeft Orchestra became know as the Jessie Stafford Orchestra when Jessie Stafford the band’s trombonist

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Herb Wiedoeft's and his Orchestra

Herb Wiedoeft’s and his Orchestra

Other recordings by this band were released under the name of Herb Wiedoeft’s Cinderella Roof Orchestra and Herb Wiedoeft’s Famous Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ella

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Original Georgia Five

Original Georgia Five

This is a later group featuring Ernest Borbee of the Borbee’s Jazz Orchestra that recorded in 1917. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Down Among

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Borbee's Jazz Orchestra

Borbee’s Jazz Orchestra

Led by pianist Ernest Borbee, this was among the earliest recording ensembles characterized as a “jass” group, the third after an Original Dixieland Jass Band disc

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Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882-1961)

Wilbur Sweatman and his Jass Band

These records by Wilbur Sweatman were made only about a month after the Original Dixieland Jass Band made what is generally considered to be the first Jazz record on

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Omer Simeon Trio (The Carnival Three)

Omer Simeon Trio (The Carnival Three)

This group was also known as The Carnival Three. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Creole Lullaby (Peephole Blues) (Omer Simeon / James P. Johnson) 2-22-1945 New

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Chicago Footwarmers

Chicago Footwarmers

Thanks to Bob Palmer and Owen Miller for their help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ballin’ The Jack (Chris Smith /

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Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys

Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blues Galore Vocal Chorus by O’Neil Spencer (Richard M. Jones) 1-21-1938 Chicago, Illinois Decca 7413 B Brunswick 03205-A Melancholy

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Junie Cobb (1896-1970)

Junie Cobb (1896-1970)

Junie Cobb could play many instruments, but was best on reed instruments and piano. He began as pianist in Johnny Dunn’s Band as a teenager , then

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Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards

Jimmy Bertrand’s Washboard Wizards

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Easy Come Easy Go Blues (Roy Bergere) 5-28-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1100 47th Street Stomp (1) (Jimmy Blythe) 9-16-1926

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Dixieland Jug Blowers

Dixieland Jug Blowers

Thanks to Owen Miller for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Banjoreno (Clifford Hayes) 12-10-1926 Chicago, Illinois Victor 21473-A Boodle-Am

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Chocolate Dandies

Chocolate Dandies

Taking their name from a show written by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, a small group led by Don Redman recorded in the late ’20s as the

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Deppe's Serenaders

Deppe’s Serenaders

The October 3rd session was released under the name of Deppe’s Serenaders. The November 6th session was released just under Lois Deppe’s name. Both sessions

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Fate Marable's Orchestra Streckfus Steamer SS Capital

Fate Marable’s Society Syncopators

Unfortunately, this was the only record that Fate Marable made, and our only opportunity to hear what this important band really sounded like. Fate Marable conducted bands on the Strekfus

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Fate Marable

Fate Marable (1890-1947)

Fate Marable (December 2, 1890 – January 16, 1947) is a very important figure in the early history of Jazz. The bands he led on

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Seven Gallon Jug Band

The Seven Gallon Jug Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company What If I Do ? (Clarence Williams / Johnson) 12-6-1929 New York, New York Columbia 2087-D Wipe ‘Em Off (Clarence

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Original Memphis Five

Original Memphis Five

The Original Memphis Five was founded in 1917 by Phil Napoleon and Frank Signorelli after playing in dance bands together at Coney Island in New York. They were one

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Original Indiana Five

John Sylvester and his Orchestra

John Sylvester and his Orchestra was another name for the Original Indiana Five. Some of the Gennett recordings were released under the name of John Sylvester

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Bucktown Five

Bucktown Five

These titles are some of the most authentic White Jazz of the early twenties to be heard, and may be regarded as the avante garde

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