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

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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J.C. Cobb and his Grains of Corn

J.C. Cobb and his Grains of Corn

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Boot That Thing (Lester Melrose) 2-11-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1269 C-2941 Don’t Cry Honey (Junie Cobb / Alex Hill) 2-7-1928 Chicago,

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Benson Orchestra of Chicago

Benson Orchestra of Chicago

Edgar A. Benson was a ‘cellist’ who became an impresario, managing many bands in Chicago from 1920 to 1930. The Number One orchestra was originally

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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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Buster Bailey and his Sextet

Buster Bailey and his Sextet

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Am I Blue from “Walk A Little Faster” (Harry Akst / Grant Clarke) 5-1940 New York, New York Varsity

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Hociel Thomas (1904-1952)

Hociel Thomas (1904-1952)

Hociel Thomas (July 10, 1904 – August 22, 1952) was the daughter of pioneering blues and boogie woogie pianist George W. Thomas Jr., and the

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Katherine Henderson

Katherine Henderson (1909-?)

Katherine Henderson was born St. Louis, Missouri on June 23, 1909. She got her start in show business as a small child working in minstrel

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Eva Taylor (1895-1977)

Eva Taylor (1895-1977)

Eva Taylor (January 22, 1895 — October 31, 1977) was a talented entertainer and Blues singer and was one of the first African-American singers to

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Sara-Martin

Sara Martin (1884-1955)

Sara Martin (June 18, 1884 – May 24, 1955) began her career as a vaudeville singer around 1915 in Illinois. In 1922 she was signed

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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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Yerkes' Happy Six

Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra

Yerkes’ Jazarimba Orchestra was an eight piece band that featured George Hamilton Green and his brother Joe Green on marimba and Rudy Wiedoeft on saxophone.

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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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Joe Steele and his Orchestra

Joe Steele and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Coal Yard Shuffle (1) (Joe Steele) 6-4-1929 New York, New York Victor V-38066-B Coal Yard Shuffle (2) (Joe Steele) 6-4-1929 New

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Seminole Syncopators

Seminole Syncopators

The Seminole Syncopators were a Jazz band that was lead by pianist Graham W. Jackson and based in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1920s. Graham W.

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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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Syncopating Five

The Syncopating Five

The Syncopating Five got their start playing dance music in hotels in Florida. Most of the band members were from Ohio and Indiana and they

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Bubber Miley (1903-1932)

The Texas Blue Destroyers

The Texas Blue Destroyers, who were only trumpet player Bubber Miley and organist Alvin Ray, pulled some kind of con job back in 1924, and managed to

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Lizzie Miles (1895-1963)

Lizzie Miles (1895-1963)

Lizzie Miles (March 31, 1895 – March 17, 1963) was born on Bourbon Street and she was singing with the New Orleans Jazz bands of King

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Red Nichols Five Pennies 1926

Miff Mole and his Little Molers

Miff Mole and his Molers was basically a pseudonym for Red Nichols Five Pennies. They used this name when recording for the Okeh Company. Red Nichols and Miff Mole were

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Frank Teschemacher

Frank Teschemacher’s Chicagoans

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Jazz Me Blues (Tom Delaney) 4-28-1928 Chicago, Illinois UHCA 61 Artist Instrument Eddie Condon Banjo George “Rod” Cless Alto

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Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa (1909-1973)

As a teenager in Chicago Gene Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973)was studying drums when he discovered a group of young white jazz

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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 and his Jazzopators

Barney Bigard and his Jazzopators

Many of these records appeared as Barney Bigard and his Orchestra Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Barney Goin’ Easy (Barney Bigard / Duke Ellington) 6-8-1939 New

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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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Barney Bigard Trio

Barney Bigard Trio

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Moonglow (Hudson / De Lange / Mills) 1946 New York, New York Signature 28116-B Steps Steps Down (Barney Bigard)

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Ben Selvin and his Novelty Orchestra 1920

Ben Selvin and His Orchestra

Ben Selvin‘s Novelty Orchestra had a massive hit in 1919 with their version of Dardanella. It is reported to have sold around a million copies.

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Ben Selvin (1898-1980)

Ben Selvin (1898-1980)

Originally a violinist, Ben Selvin (March 5, 1898 – July 15, 1980) probably made more records than any other bandleader of the 78 rpm era,

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Louisiana Five

Louisiana Five

This ensemble was among the first groups to record jazz. It made tests for Columbia in early 1918, and its first records to be issued–on

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Bessie Brown

Bessie Brown and Her Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Ridge (Lampl / Davidson / Moret) 4-2-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 3922 Nobody But My Baby Is Getting My

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Luis Russell and his Orchestra

Luis Russsell and his Orchestra

The Luis Russell Orchestra started in Chicago and then moved to New York. They were one of the most innovative bands of their day, but never had

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Ida Cox (1888-1967)

Ida Cox (1888-1967)

Ida Cox (February 26, 1888 or 1896 – November 10, 1967) sang in church choirs as a child in Georgia. She ran away from home

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Ida Cox acc. by the Pruitt Twins

Ida Cox acc. by the Pruitt Twins

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Down The Road Bound Blues (Robert Warfield) 3-1924 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12094-B Mean Lovin’ Man Blues (Majorie Lamkin) 3-1924

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Ida Cox

Ida Cox acc. by her Five Black Spells

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Aching Blues (Misery Blues) 1-1925 Chicago, Illinois Silvertone 3563 Blue Kentucky Blues (Gene Burdette) 1-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12258

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Ida Cox and Lovie Austin

Ida Cox and Lovie Austin

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Come Right In (Ida Cox) 8-1923 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12022 Graveyard Dream Blues (Jimmy Cox / Ida Cox) 10-1923

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Ida Cox and her Allstar Orchestra

Ida Cox and her Allstar Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company I Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Break My Heart 12-20-1940 New York, New York Okeh unissued I Can’t Quit That

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