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

Blue Grass Foot Warmers

Thanks to Owen Miller for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Charleston Hound (Clarence Williams / Fats Waller / Spencer Williams) 6-16-1926 New

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Clarence Williams Trio

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bluer Than Blue Vocal by Babe Matthews (Armstrong) 5-24-1938 New York, New York Vocalion 4157 I’m Falling For You

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Clarence Williams’ Novelty Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company He Wouldn’t Stop Doin’ It (Clarence Williams / Alex Hill) 5-22-1930 New York, New York Okeh 8798 You’re Bound To Look

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Clarence Williams Washboard Four

Clarence Williams and his Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company I’m Not Worrying (Clarence Williams / Fats Waller) 4-16-1929 New York, New York Victor V-38630 Touch-Down (Fats Waller) 4-16-1929 New York,

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ClaraSmith

Clara Smith (1894-1935)

Little is known about Clara Smith’s (March 13, 1894 – February 2, 1935) early life other that that she was from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She

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Clara Smith and her Jazz Babies

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Race Track Blues (Stanley S. Miller) 12-30-1926 New York, New York Columbia 14294-D Troublesome Blues (Tom Delaney) 4-7-1927 New

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Clara Smith and her Novelty Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Jelly Bean Blues (Stanley S. Miller) 5-3-1926 New York, New York Columbia 14294-D Look Where The Sun Done Gone

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Clara Smith and her Jazz Trio

Clara Smith and her Jazz Trio

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Death Letter Blues (Ida Cox) 10-15-1924 New York, New York Columbia 14045-D Done Sold My Soul To The Devil

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Trixie Smith (1895-1943)

Trixie Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia and is reported to have studied at Selma University in Alabama. Sometime around 1915 she moved north to

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Jimmy Blythe (1901-1931)

Blythe’s Washboard Ragamuffins

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Adams Apple (Jimmy Blythe) 7-26-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12376-B Messin Around (1) (Jimmy Blythe / Trixie Smith) 7-26-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12376-A

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Kansas City Tin Roof Stompers

Kansas City Tin Roof Stompers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Aunt Jemina Stomp (Moloy / Bingham) 3-15-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7066 Good Feelin’ Blues (Ballin’ The Jack) (Moloy /

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Jimmy Blythe (1901-1931)

Dixie Four

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Five O’Clock Stomp 6-1928 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12674 Kentucky Stomp 6-1928 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12661 Southside Stomp 6-1928 Chicago,

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Beale Street Washboard Band

On the Oriole label this record was released as the Rampart Street Washboard Band. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Forty And Tight (Melrose) 7-24-1929

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Fats Waller (1904-1943)

Fats Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was the son of a preacher and learned to play the organ in church with his

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Fats Waller and his Rhythm

Late in 1932 Fats Waller hired Phil Ponce as manager. Ponce promptly negotiated a contract with WLW, a powerful Cincinnati radio station which was heard throughout the Midwest.

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Fats Waller and his Orchestra

There may have been confusion within the original Red Hot Jazz Archive about this group. It seems likely these sides were actually labeled Fats Waller,

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