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

E.C. Cobb and his Corn Eaters

E.C. Cobb and his Corn Eaters

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Barrell House Stomp (Lester Melrose) 12-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Victor V-38023-A 48712-1 Transatlantic Stomp (Junie C. Cobb) 12-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois

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J.C. Cobb and his Grains of Corn

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Boot That Thing (Lester Melrose) 2-11-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1269 C-2941 Don’t Cry Honey (Junie Cobb / Alex Hill) 2-7-1928 Chicago,

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Benson Orchestra of Chicago

Edgar A. Benson was a ‘cellist’ who became an impresario, managing many bands in Chicago from 1920 to 1930. The Number One orchestra was originally

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Imperial Three

Roy Bargy and Charley Straight worked at the Imperial Piano Roll Company when these recordings were made. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company O (Oh!) Medley

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Buster Bailey and his Sextet

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Am I Blue from “Walk A Little Faster” (Harry Akst / Grant Clarke) 5-1940 New York, New York Varsity

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Hociel Thomas (1904-1952)

Hociel Thomas (July 10, 1904 – August 22, 1952) was the daughter of pioneering blues and boogie woogie pianist George W. Thomas Jr., and the

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Eva Taylor (1895-1977)

Eva Taylor (1895-1977)

Eva Taylor (January 22, 1895 — October 31, 1977) was a talented entertainer and Blues singer and was one of the first African-American singers to

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Sara-Martin

Sara Martin (1884-1955)

Sara Martin (June 18, 1884 – May 24, 1955) began her career as a vaudeville singer around 1915 in Illinois. In 1922 she was signed

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Sara Martin Jug Band

Sara Martin Jug Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Devil Blues (Earl McDonald / Clifford Hayes) 9-16-1924 New York, New York Okeh 8188-A Blues Please Go Away

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Morrison’s Jazz Orchestra

This early African-American Jazz record was released on the flip side of a Ted Lewis’ record “Somehow Fox-Trot“. George Morrison’s Jazz Orchestra was from Denver, Colorado. The

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