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
Lovie Austin and her Blues Serenaders accompanied dozens of Blues singers in the 1920s, but none as famous as the “Mother of the Blues”, Ma Rainey. Tommy Ladnier contributes
This multimedia presentation of the music of Lt. James Reese Europe was made possible by the permission and cooperation of the following parties: Written by
These were some of the first records issued by Black Swan. “Blind Man Blues” and “Sing ‘Em For Mamma, Play ‘Em For Me” is the first
Julia Lee (October 31, 1902 – December 8, 1958) re-recorded Won’t You Come Over To My House and released it as “Come On Over to My House
Hotel Pennsylvania was located at 7th Ave. between 32nd to 33rd Streets in New York City opposite the old Penn Station. The building still stands