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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Jelly Roll Morton's Jazz Trio

Jelly Roll Morton’s Jazz Trio

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company My Gal (Walter Melrose) 5-1925 Chicago, Illinois Autograph 623 Wolverine Blues (Jelly Roll Morton) 5-1925 Chicago, Illinois Autograph 623

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Marlow Hardy and his Alabamians

Marlow Hardy and his Alabamians

Marion Hardy and his Alabamians were originally formed in Chicago, Illinois in the late 1920s. Cab Calloway fronted this band in 1929 at the Savoy

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Isham Jones and His Orchestra (1922)

Isham Jones and his Rainbo Orchestra

Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra, reflected the band’s engagement at Chicago’s famous dance palace, Fred Mann’s Rainbo Gardens which was located at the intersection of North

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Ford Dabney's Band

Ford Dabney’s Band

Ford Dabney (15 March 1883 – 21 June 1958), best-known as the composer of the evergreen ‘Shine’, led an interesting career. He owned a theatre

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Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra

Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra

The Jean Goldkette Orchestra featured some of the best White Jazz musicians of the 1920s. According to almost all that saw them when they played live

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Billy Murray Emerson 1919

Billy Murray (1877-1954)

Billy Murray (May 25, 1877 – August 17, 1954) , known in his heyday as “The Denver Nightingale,” was one of America’s best-selling recording artists

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Bix-Beiderbecke

Bix Beiderbecke and his Gang

Some of these recordings appeared under the names The New Orleans Lucky Seven, or Bix Beiderbecke‘s Lucky Seven. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company At

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Bix Beiderbecke and his Orchestra

Bix Beiderbecke and his Orchestra

In 1929, after suffering a nervous breakdown Bix Beiderbecke went back to his hometown of Davenport, Iowa to recover at his parents home. He returned to New

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Sioux City Six

Sioux City Six

Right after quitting the Wolverines to join Jean Goldkette, Bix and three other members of the Wolverines teamed up with Frankie Trumbauer and Miff Mole of the Jean Goldkette Orchestra to record this session. This was the first

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Tram Bix Lang

Tram, Bix, and Lang

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company For No Reason at All in C (Frankie Trumbauer / Bix Beiderbecke) 5-13-1927 New York, New York Okeh 40871 Columbia 35667

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Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra

Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra

Frankie Trumbauer had one of the most original and modern jazz bands of the 1920s and early 1930s. They were never that successful financially, which led Trumbauer to

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Bix Beiderbecke and his Rhythm Jugglers

Bix Beiderbecke and his Rhythm Jugglers

While Bix was working for the Charley Straight Orchestra in 1925, he recorded this session with friends from the Jean Goldkette Orchestra at Gennett Studio, in Richmond Indiana. This was the

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Muggsy Spanier and his Ragtimers

Muggsy Spanier and his Ragtimers

Also See: Muggsy Spanier and his Ragtime Band, and Joseph “Muggsy” Spanier (1906-1967) Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Alice Blue Gown (Tierney / McCarthy) 4-1944

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Rosa Henderson

Rosa Henderson (1896-1968)

Rosa Henderson (November 24, 1896 – April 6, 1968) got her start in show business working in carnivals. In 1918 she married Douglas “Slim” Henderson

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Rosa Henderson Kansas City Five

Rosa Henderson Kansas City Five

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Don’t Advertise Your Man (Jimmy Foster) 3-1924 New York, New York Edison 51476-R Undertaker’s Blues (“Duke” Jordan) 11-21-1924 New

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Bob Fuller Clarinet

Bob Fuller (1898-?)

Little is known about the biographical details of Bob Fuller’s life, but he was a very prolific sideman throughout the early and mid-1920s in the

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Harmony 23 H Three Monkey Chasers Cocoanut Strut

Three Monkey Chasers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Cocoanut Strut (Bob Fuller / Myers) 8-20-1925 New York, New York Harmony 23-H Corn Bread Wiggle (Bob Fuller / Myers) 8-20-1925

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Three Blues Chasers

Three Blues Chasers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Lame Duck Blues (Clarence Williams) 6-11-1928 New York, New York Okeh 8595 Nothing But Blues (Roberts) 6-11-1928 New York,

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Three Jolly Miners

Three Jolly Miners

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Black Cat Blues (Bob Fuller / Louis Hooper) 6-22-1925 New York, New York Vocalion 15051 Charleston Clarinet Blues (Bob Fuller /

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Lucille Hegamin (1894-1970)

Lucille Hegamin (1894-1970)

Lucille Hegamin (November 29, 1894 – March 1, 1970) was the second African-American Blues singer to release a record in 1920, just few a months

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Loyd Scott and his Orchestra

Lloyd Scott and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Happy Hour Blues (1) (Lloyd Scott / Don Frye) 1-10-1927 New York, New York Victor unissued Happy Hour Blues (2) (Lloyd

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Cecil Scott and his Bright Boys

Cecil Scott and his Bright Boys

Victor V-38117 was released under the name of Cecil Scott and his Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bright Boy Blues (Cecil Scott / Don

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Cecil Scott's Symphonic Syncopators

Cecil Scott (1905-1964)

Reedman Cecil Scott (November 22, 1905 – January 5, 1964) and his older brother Lloyd (born 8-21-1902), who played drums, came out of the relatively

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Boyd Senter (1898-1982)

Boyd Senter Trio

See: Boyd Senter and his Senterpedes and Boyd Senter (1898-1982) Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Eniale Blues (Jack Russell) 3-20-1928 New York, New York Okeh

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Boyd Senter and his Senterpedes

Boyd Senter and his Senterpedes

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Beale Street Blues (W.C. Handy) 10-29-1929 New York, New York Okeh 40836 Copenhagen Stomp (Charlie Davis) 11-25-1929 New York,

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Boyd Senter (1898-1982)

Boyd Senter (1898-1982)

In the autumn of 1965, I had the great pleasure of hearing by letter from the man who in the late 1920s was billed as

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Abe Lyman (1899-1957)

Abe Lyman and his Orchestra

For recordings prior to 1939 see: Abe Lyman’s California Ambassador Hotel Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Garden In Granada 4-28-1938 New York,

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Abe Lyman

Abe Lyman and his Californians

For recordings prior to 1939 see: Abe Lyman’s California Ambassador Hotel Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Beautiful Lady In Blue Vocal chorus

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Frankie Trumbauer (1901-1956)

Frankie Trumbauer (1901-1956)

Frankie Trumbauer‘s (May 30, 1901 – June 11, 1956) accomplishments as a Jazz musician have been overshadowed by the role he played in Bix Beiderbecke’s career.

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Abe Lyman

Abe Lyman (1899-1957)

Drummer Abe Lyman, born Abraham Simon in Chicago (August 4, 1897 – October 23, 1957), led an orchestra that was successful at the Ambassador Hotel

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Nick LaRocca

Nick LaRocca (1889-1961)

Nick La Rocca (April 11, 1889 – February 22, 1961) claimed to have invented Jazz and often complained that African-American musicians have been given too

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Ray Lopez with Brown's Band From Dixieland

Ray Lopez (1889-1979)

Like most early Jazz musicians from New Orleans Ray Lopez got his start playing in street parades. Around 1906 he was playing in Papa Jack Laine’s Reliance

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Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969)

Coleman Hawkins (November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969) was the first great saxophonist of Jazz. As a child he was a gifted musician. In

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Lee Morse (1897-1954)

Lee Morse (1897-1954)

Lee Morse (November 30, 1897 – December 16, 1954) was a very popular recording artist, songwriter and actress of the 1920s and early 1930s. She

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Dorsey Brothers Orchestra

Dorsey Brothers Orchestra

The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra began recording in 1928, but didn’t become a real band until 1934. The 1934 band featured both Glenn Miller and Bob

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Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey (1905-1956)

Tommy Dorsey (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was Jimmy’s younger brother and the more temperamental of the two. He was generally blamed for the

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Georgia Strutters

Georgia Strutters

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Everybody Mess Aroun’ (Perry Bradford) 8-6-1926 New York, New York Harmony 231-H Velvet Tone 1231-V Georgia Grind (Spencer Williams)

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The Blue Rhythm Orchestra

The Gulf Coast Seven

The Gulf Coast Seven were a series of recording sessions organized by Perry Bradford. “Daylight Savin’ Blues” features several members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Title

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The Blue Rhythm Orchestra

The Blue Rhythm Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Hold ‘Er Deacon (June Clark / Willie “The Lion” Smith) 10-1923 New York, New York Pathe 36364 Perfect 14545 Keep

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Sippie Wallace (1898-1986)

Sippie Wallace (1898-1986)

Beulah “Sippie” Thomas (November 1, 1898 – November 1, 1986) grew up in Houston, Texas where she sang and played the piano in her father’s

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Eddie Condon 1905-1973

Eddie Condon (1905-1973)

Eddie Condon (November 16, 1905 – August 4, 1973) was one of the gang of young white Chicago jazz musicians in the 1920s. He started

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Hylton c. mid-to-late 1920s

Jack Hylton’s Kit-Cat Band

The Kit-Cat was a nightclub in the Haymarket, in London’s West End. The band was sponsored by Jack Hylton and led by Al Starita, who

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Mezz Mezzrow and his Swing Band

Mezz Mezzrow and his Swing Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Melody From The Sky (Featured In The Paramount film “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”) Vocal refrain by

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Tommy Ladnier and his Orchestra

Tommy Ladnier and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ja Da Orchestra selected by Hugues Panassie (Bob Carleton) 11-28-1938 New York, New York Bluebird B-10086-B Really The Blues

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Mezz Mezzrow

Mezz Mezzrow (1899-1972)

Although he was a decent clarinetist and saxophonist, Mezz Mezzrow (November 9, 1899 – August 5, 1972) is remembered today primarily for his autobiography “Really

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