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

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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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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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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Arcadian Serenaders

Arcadian Serenaders

The Arcadian Serenaders were a group of White New Orleans musicians who played at the Arcadian Ballroom in St. Louis. The 1924 sessions are the

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The Cellar Boys

The Cellar Boys

Wingy Manone was the leader of the Cellar Boys. They played at a club in Chicago called My Cellar. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Barrel

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Joe Manone's Harmony Kings

Joe Manone’s Harmony Kings

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Cat’s Head (Wingy Manone / Hal Jordy) 4-11-1927 New Orleans, Louisanna Columbia 14282-D Ringside Stomp (Stan Miller) 4-11-1927 New Orleans,

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Red Onion Jazz Babies

Red Onion Jazz Babies

Red Onion Jazz Babies sessions were organized by Clarence Williams and featured Lil Hardin-Armstrong who had come east to be near her husband Louis who had just joined the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra the

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The Plantation Orchestra

The Plantation Orchestra

These Plantation Orchestra sides were made in London by the Pike Davies Orchestra which was an African-American jazz band that supported Florence Mills and Edith Wilson in

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Wilbur Sweatman's Jazz Orchestra - 1928

Wilbur Sweatman and his Orchestra

This is Wilbur Sweatman’s final recording session. Wilbur Sweatman’s continued to perform live up until the 1950s in the New York area. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Battleship

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Vocalion-A-14476 The Southland Six

The Southland Six

The Southland Six was a pseudonym for The Original Memphis Five. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Eyed Blues 5-1922 New York, New York

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Jazzbo's Carolina Serenaders

Jazzbo’s Carolina Serenaders

Jazzbo’s Carolina Serenaders was a pseudonym for The Original Memphis Five. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Achin’ Hearted Blues (Clarence Williams) 10-1922 New York,

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Bailey's Lucky Seven

Bailey’s Lucky Seven

Bailey’s Lucky Seven was a series of Gennett recording sessions organized by bandleader Sam Lanin. The musicians on the records were often the Original Memphis Five with

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Jimmy Durante's Jazz and Novelty Band - 1918

The Syncopating Skeeters

It has been suggested that this band might be Jimmy Durante’s New Orleans Jazz Band. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Loose Feet (Williams) 12-1922 New York,

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Jimmy Durantes Original New Orleans Jazz Band - 1917

New Orleans Jazz Band

This band was organized by drummer Johnny Stein after Stein’s Dixie Jass Band broke up and became the Original Dixieland Jass Band. It is interesting to note that

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Whiteway Jazz Band

Whiteway Jazz Band

Although it will probably never be completely confirmed, the Whiteway Jazz Band is thought to be Jimmy Durante’s band which recorded under the names of the Original New

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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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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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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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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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