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

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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Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra

Erskine Tate (1901-1975)

Erskine Tate (January 14, 1895-December 17, 1978, the original RHJ Archive had the dates wrong) was a violinist and leader of a band that played

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Armstrong-Hot-Five

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven were the companion sessions of the Hot Five sides. The personnel is the same as the first Hot Five records except that

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Harry Reser

Harry Reser (1896-1965)

Harry Reser (January 17, 1896 – September 27, 1965) was perhaps the greatest banjoist of the 1920s if not the greatest banjoist of all time.

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Sam Lanin Southern Serenaders

Lanin’s Southern Serenaders

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Arkansas Blues (Spencer Williams) 12-7-1921 New York, New York Regal 9164 Emerson 10496 Aunt Hagar’s Children Blues (W.C. Handy)

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James Reese Europe's Society Orchestra

Europe’s Society Orchestra

Vernon and Irene Castle were dancers who made a name for themselves in Europe performing Ragtime dances like the Texas Tommy, the Turkey Trot and

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Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882-1961)

Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882-1961)

Wilbur Sweatman‘s (February 7, 1882 – March 9, 1961) musical career reads like the history of African-Americans in popular music. He got his professional start

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Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra

Bennie Moten (1894-1935)

Pianist and bandleader, Bennie Moten (November 13, 1894 – April 2, 1935) helped to establish what is called the Kansas City Jazz style. In 1922

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Walter Page Blue Devils

Walter Page’s Blue Devils

The Blue Devils were an early Kansas City Jazz band, several members of this band would go on to and play in Bennie Moten’s Kansas City

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Lost my gal from Memphis

Bubber Miley and his Mileage Makers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Black Maria with vocal refrain by George Bias (Fred Rose) 7-3-1930 New York, New Yorks Victor V-38146-B Chinnin’ And

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Blue Steele and his Orchestra

Blue Steele and his Orchestra

Thanks to Owen Miller for his help with this page Title Recording Date Recording Location Company All Muggled Up Vocal refrain by Frank Myers (Jack

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King of Jazz Venuti and Lang

Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang

Thanks to Owen Miller for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Black And Blue Bottom (Eddie Lang / Joe Venuti) 9-29-1926 New

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Frank Signorelli (1901-1975)

Frank Signorelli and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Blues Serenade (Frank Signorelli / Jimmy Lytell / Vincent Grande) 9-1926 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle 36523 Perfect

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Frank Signorelli (1901-1975)

Frank Signorelli (1901-1975)

Pianist Frank Signorelli (May 24, 1901 – December 9, 1975) started the band the Original Memphis Five with Phil Napoleon in 1917. It was one of the most

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Ed Lang Orchestra

Ed Lang and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bugle Call Rag (Jack Pettis / Billy Meyers / Elmer Schoebel) 5-22-1929 New York, New York Okeh 41410 Freeze

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Joe Venuti's Blue Four/Five/Six

Joe Venuti’s Blue Four/Five/Six

The following recordings were released under the names of Joe Venuti’s Blue Four, Blue Five or Blue Six depending on the number of musicians used on the

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Joe Venuti's Blue Four/Five/Six

Joe Venuti (1903-1978)

Joe Venuti (September 16, 1903 – August 14, 1978) was the first great violinist of Jazz. The music he made with Eddie Lang would later be

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Arthur Schutt and his Orchestra

Arthur Schutt and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Crying For The Carolines (Lewis / Warren / Young) 1-4-1930 New York, New York Okeh 41359 Have A Little

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Arthur Schutt (1902-1965)

Arthur Schutt (1902-1965)

Arthur Schutt (November 21, 1902 – January 28, 1965) began his professional music career in 1915, accompanying silent movies on the piano. In 1918 he

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Ross Deluxe Syncopators

Ross Deluxe Syncopators

The Ross De Luxe Syncopaters were a group out of Miami, Florida that once had Cootie Williams and Edmond Hall in the band. The group

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Bland, Condon, Banks' Rhythmakers

Bland, Condon, Banks’ Rhythmakers

These all-star recording sessions were released under a variety of different names that tagged the names of Jack Bland, Eddie Condon and Billy Banks in front of the

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Earl Hines Orchestra

Earl Hines and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Angry (George Brunies / Jules Cassard / Abbie Brunies / Mecum) 9-13-1934 New York, New York Decca 183 A Beau-Koo

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Jimmy Yancey (1901-1951)

Jimmy Yancey (1901-1951)

Jimmy Yancey (February 20, 1894, 1895,or 1901 – September 17, 1951) was a native of Chicago and learned to play piano from his elder brother,

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158th Infantry Band of the U.S. Army

158th Infantry Band of the U.S. Army

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Muttering Fritz 10-1-1918 Paris, France Disque Pathé The Darktown Strutter’s Ball (Shelton Brooks) 10-1-1918 Paris, France Disque Pathé 8270

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King Oliver Creole Jazz Band Chicago

King Oliver’s Jazz Band

For information about King Oliver and his other groups:Joe “King” Oliver (1885-1938)Joseph “King” Oliver: Profiles in JazzKing Oliver’s Creole Jazz BandKing Oliver’s Dixie SyncopatorsKing Oliver’s

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King Oliver's Orchestra

King Oliver’s Orchestra

In 1929 King Oliver signed a contract with Victor Talking Machine Company. These sessions turned out to be his last recordings as a band leader. Oliver had

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