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
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Do It, Baby (Clarence Williams / Andy Razaf) 11-1928 Long Island City, N. Y. C. Paramount 12840 QRS R. 7041-A
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Baltimore (matrix E-23235) (Healy / Kahal / McHugh) 4-27-1927 New York City, New York Brunswick 3664 Baltimore (matrix E-23236) (Healy /
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company He’s Never Gonna Throw Me Down (Horace Brooks) 6-1-1924 New York, New York Okeh 8154-A Artist Instrument Ernest Elliot
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Late Last Night Blues 6-14-1926 New York, New York Okeh 8374 Some Sweet Day (Rose / Jackson /
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Green Gal Can’t Catch On (Sara Martin / Clarence Williams) 10-11-1923 New York, New York Okeh 8099-B Graveyard Dream Blues
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Lonely Heart (Hattie McDaniel) 5-7-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh unissued Poor Boy Blues (Hattie McDaniel / Richard M. Jones) 5-10-1927 Chicago, Illinois
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company I Wonder Where My Easy Rider’s Riding Now? (Johnny Bayersdorffer / Tom Brown) 3-17-1924 New Orleans, Louisiana Okeh 40133 The
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In July of 1930 Louis Armstrong moved to California and “fronted” the Les Hite’s Orchestra. It was renamed Louis Armstrong’s Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra, after a club on
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Black Crepe Blues (Jesse Crump) 4-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12291 Blues Ain’t Nothin’ Else But! (Ida Cox / J. Mayo