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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Ida Cox and her Allstar Band

Ida Cox and her Allstar Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Death Letter Blues (Ida Cox / Jessie Crump) 10-31-1939 New York, New York Vocalion 05336 Deep Sea Blues 10-31-1939 New

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Eddie Peabody (1902-1970)

Eddie Peabody (1902-1970)

Eddie Peabody (February 19, 1902 – November 7, 1970), the “King of the banjo”, was not only a superb banjoist but also a great showman

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Mary Johnson (1900-1970)

Mary Johnson (1900-1970)

Blues singer Mary Johnson (March 29, 1898 or 1900 – July 20, 1983) got her start in show business as a teenager in St. Louis.

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Lonnie Johnson in Chicago, 1941

Lonnie Johnson (1890-1970)

Lonnie Johnson (February 8, 1899 – June 16, 1970)was a pioneering Blues and Jazz guitarist and banjoist. He started playing in cafes in New Orleans

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Blind Willie Dunn and Lonnie Johnson

Blind Willie Dunn and Lonnie Johnson

Blind Willie Dunn was a pseudonym that guitarist Eddie Lang’s records were released under when he teamed up with Lonnie Johnson on the Okeh label. Although the November on

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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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Original Crescent City Jazzers

Original Crescent City Jazzers

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, the Original Crescent City Jazzers later went by the name of the Arcadian Serenaders after moving to St. Louis in 1925. Trumpet player

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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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Barbecue Joe and his Hot Dogs

Barbecue Joe and his Hot Dogs

If you listen to “Tar Paper Stomp ” you can hear that Glenn Miller’s famous hit record “In The Mood” is based upon this song. Title

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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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Perry Bradford and his Gang

Perry Bradford and his Gang

Thanks to Robert English for his help with some of the recordings on this page.  Title Recording Date Recording Location Company All That I Had

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Perry Bradford Jazz Phools

Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Charleston, South Carolina (Cecil Mack / James P. Johnson) 2-1924 New York, New York Paramount 12278 Day Break Blues (Original

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Harry Willis

Howell, Horsley and Bradford

“Harry Wills, The Champion” is an very interesting protest song about an African American boxer who was active in the 1910s and 1920s. The undefeated

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Alberta Hunter (1895-1984)

Alberta Hunter (1895-1984)

At age twelve Alberta Hunter (April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984) ran away from her hometown of Memphis to go to Chicago to become

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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 - 1918

Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Orchestra

Wilbur C. Sweatman was one of the first African-Americans to record Jazz. His first Jazz recordings were made less than two months after The Original Dixieland Jazz

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Wilbur Sweatman's Brownies

Wilbur Sweatman’s Brownies

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Battleship Kate (Ada Rives / Wilbur Sweatman) 10-10-1924 New York, New York Edison 51438-L 9781-B It Makes No Difference Now

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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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Ladd's Black Aces

Ladd’s Black Aces

None of the musicians in Ladd’s Black Aces were Black even though Gennett records advertised them as such, going so far as to show a

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Jimmy_durante_1935

Jimmy Durante (1893-1980)

Before Jimmy Durante (February 10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) became one of the most famous and lovable entertainers of the Twentieth Century, he was

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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 Durante's Jazz and Novelty Band - 1918

Jimmy Durante’s 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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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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Jasper Taylor (1894-1964)

Jasper Taylor (1894-1964)

Jasper Taylor (January 1, 1894-November 7, 1964) was an early Jazz percussionist. He left his home Texas as a teenager in 1912 playing drums with

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Lil Armstrong Chicago Boys Gotham

Lil Armstrong and her Chicago Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Baby Daddy (Lil Armstrong / Williams) 4-4-1950 Chicago, Illinois Gotham G 241 A Baby Daddy (Lil Armstrong) 4-4-1950 Chicago, Illinois

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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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