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

James Price Johnson (1891-1955)

As a boy, James P. Johnson studied Classical music and Ragtime. He started playing professionally in a sporting house, and then progressed to rent parties,

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James P Johnson 1921

Jimmy Johnson’s Jazz Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Carolina Shout (James P. Johnson) 10-1921 New York, New York Arto 9096 Artist Instrument James P. Johnson Piano Unknown

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Johnson’s Jazzers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Can I Get It Now? (Perry Bradford) 6-18-1928 New York, New York Columbia 14247-D Skiddle-De-Scow (Perry Bradford) 6-18-1928 New

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Jimmy Johnson and his Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Fare Thee Honey Blues (Perry Bradford) 3-5-1929 New York, New York Columbia 14417-D Put Your Mind Right On It

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Jimmy Johnson and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company After Tonight New York, New York Vocalion 4768 Chicago Blues (Biese / Altiere / Williams) 6-18-1928 New York, New

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Charleston Chasers

The Charleston Chasers recording sessions were often a pseudonym for Red Nichols Five Pennies, but the name was used by Columbia for various other outfits including

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The Triangle Harmony Boys

The Triangle Harmony Boys

The Triangle Harmony Boys were an African-American band from Montgomery, Alabama. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Canned Heat Blues (Bridges / McMath) 7-7-1927 Birmingham,

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Cornell Collegians

The Collegians

Prior to his stint with the great Jean Goldkette band, slide trombonist Speigle Willcox was with the Al Deisseroth Orchestra in 1920, and then with

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Ted Weems and his Orchestra 1929

Ted Weems and his Orchestra

Ted Weems was a popular mid-western bandleader who started his band in 1923 while attending the University of Pennsylvania. Around 1925 he moved his band

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Luis Russell’s Heebie Jeebie Stompers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Dolly Mine (Luis Russell / Paul Barbarin) 11-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh 8454-A Plantations Joys (Luis Russell) 11-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh 8424

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Luis Russell

Lou and his Gingersnaps

Lou And His Gingersnaps was a pseudonym for the Luis Rusell Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Broadway Rhythm (Joffe) 9-13-1929 New York, New

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Luis Russell (1902-1963)

Luis Russell (August 5, 1902 – December 11, 1963) was a native of Panama, but after winning $3000 in a lottery in 1919, he moved

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Tennessee Ten

Thanks to Bob Palmer for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Down Hearted Blues (Introducing “Chirpin’ The Blues”) (Lovie Austin / Alberta

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Junie Cobb’s Hometown Band

< Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Chicago Buzz (Jimmy Blythe / Vol Stevens) 8-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12382-B 2620-3 East Coast Trot (Jimmy Blythe / Vol

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