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.

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Ma Rainey acc. by The Pruitt Twins

Ma Rainey acc. by The Pruitt Twins

Paramount advertised this beautiful record as a new, sensational and different souvenir record claiming it was first record to feature a picture of artist on

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Ma Rainey and Papa Charlie Jackson

Ma Rainey and Papa Charlie Jackson

Ma Rainey and Papa Charlie Jackson teamed up for this record in 1928. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Big Feeling Blues (Ma Rainey / Davis) 10-1928 Chicago, Illinois

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Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band

Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band

These sessions feature the great Ma Rainey accompanied by many of the best African-American jazz musicians of the 1920s. All of the New York sessions feature members

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BlackSwan-2034-A Henderson's Dance Orchestra

Henderson’s Dance Orchestra

Thanks to Ted Weir for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Aunt Hagar’s Children Blues (W.C. Handy) 6-1922 New York,

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Dixie Stompers

Dixie Stompers

The Dixie Stompers was a pseudonym for the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. Thanks to Bob Palmer for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location

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Fletcher Henderson

Fletcher Henderson and his Sawin’ Six

Some of these titles were also released as by the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. Also See: Fletcher Henderson (1897-1952), and Fletcher Henderson: Profiles in Jazz. Title Recording

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The Seven Brown Babies

The Seven Brown Babies

The Seven Brown Babies was a pseudonym for the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. They recorded four sides four sides in October 1923 that were all released on

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Fletcher Henderson

Fletcher Henderson (1897-1952)

Fletcher Henderson (December 18, 1897 – December 29, 1952) led the most commercially successful of the African-American Jazz bands of the 1920s. The smooth sound

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Art Hickman and his Orchestra

Art Hickman and his Orchestra

Art Hickman and his Orchestra started out at the St. Francis Hotel (335 Powell Street) in San Francisco in 1913. In those early years of Jazz

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Herb Wiedoeft's Famous Orchestra

Herb Wiedoeft’s Famous Orchestra

Other recordings by this band were released under the name of Herb Wiedoeft’s Cinderella Roof Orchestra and Herb Wiedoeft’s and his Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location

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Jesse Stafford Orchestra

Jesse Stafford and his Orchestra

When Herb Wiedoeft died in a automobile accident in 1928 the Herb Wiedoeft Orchestra became know as the Jessie Stafford Orchestra when Jessie Stafford the band’s trombonist

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Herb Wiedoeft's and his Orchestra

Herb Wiedoeft’s and his Orchestra

Other recordings by this band were released under the name of Herb Wiedoeft’s Cinderella Roof Orchestra and Herb Wiedoeft’s Famous Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ella

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Original Georgia Five

Original Georgia Five

This is a later group featuring Ernest Borbee of the Borbee’s Jazz Orchestra that recorded in 1917. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Down Among

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Borbee's Jazz Orchestra

Borbee’s Jazz Orchestra

Led by pianist Ernest Borbee, this was among the earliest recording ensembles characterized as a “jass” group, the third after an Original Dixieland Jass Band disc

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Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882-1961)

Wilbur Sweatman and his Jass Band

These records by Wilbur Sweatman were made only about a month after the Original Dixieland Jass Band made what is generally considered to be the first Jazz record on

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Omer Simeon Trio (The Carnival Three)

Omer Simeon Trio (The Carnival Three)

This group was also known as The Carnival Three. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Creole Lullaby (Peephole Blues) (Omer Simeon / James P. Johnson) 2-22-1945 New

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Chicago Footwarmers

Chicago Footwarmers

Thanks to Bob Palmer and Owen Miller for their help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ballin’ The Jack (Chris Smith /

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Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys

Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blues Galore Vocal Chorus by O’Neil Spencer (Richard M. Jones) 1-21-1938 Chicago, Illinois Decca 7413 B Brunswick 03205-A Melancholy

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Junie Cobb (1896-1970)

Junie Cobb (1896-1970)

Junie Cobb could play many instruments, but was best on reed instruments and piano. He began as pianist in Johnny Dunn’s Band as a teenager , then

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Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards

Jimmy Bertrand’s Washboard Wizards

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Easy Come Easy Go Blues (Roy Bergere) 5-28-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1100 47th Street Stomp (1) (Jimmy Blythe) 9-16-1926

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Dixieland Jug Blowers

Dixieland Jug Blowers

Thanks to Owen Miller for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Banjoreno (Clifford Hayes) 12-10-1926 Chicago, Illinois Victor 21473-A Boodle-Am

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Chocolate Dandies

Chocolate Dandies

Taking their name from a show written by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, a small group led by Don Redman recorded in the late ’20s as the

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Deppe's Serenaders

Deppe’s Serenaders

The October 3rd session was released under the name of Deppe’s Serenaders. The November 6th session was released just under Lois Deppe’s name. Both sessions

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Fate Marable's Orchestra Streckfus Steamer SS Capital

Fate Marable’s Society Syncopators

Unfortunately, this was the only record that Fate Marable made, and our only opportunity to hear what this important band really sounded like. Fate Marable conducted bands on the Strekfus

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Fate Marable

Fate Marable (1890-1947)

Fate Marable (December 2, 1890 – January 16, 1947) is a very important figure in the early history of Jazz. The bands he led on

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Seven Gallon Jug Band

The Seven Gallon Jug Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company What If I Do ? (Clarence Williams / Johnson) 12-6-1929 New York, New York Columbia 2087-D Wipe ‘Em Off (Clarence

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Original Memphis Five

Original Memphis Five

The Original Memphis Five was founded in 1917 by Phil Napoleon and Frank Signorelli after playing in dance bands together at Coney Island in New York. They were one

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Original Indiana Five

John Sylvester and his Orchestra

John Sylvester and his Orchestra was another name for the Original Indiana Five. Some of the Gennett recordings were released under the name of John Sylvester

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Bucktown Five

Bucktown Five

These titles are some of the most authentic White Jazz of the early twenties to be heard, and may be regarded as the avante garde

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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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