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

Yerkes’ Happy Six

Harry Yerkes directed this group which featured New Orleans musicians Alcide “Yellow” Nuņez and Tom Brown. The same group of muicians also recorded as Yerke’s Jazarimba Orchestra Thanks to

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Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra

Yerkes’ Jazarimba Orchestra was an eight piece band that featured George Hamilton Green and his brother Joe Green on marimba and Rudy Wiedoeft on saxophone.

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Ray Miller's Orchestra

Ray Miller’s Orchestra

During the l920’s, Ray Miller was a well-known, highly respected bandleader whose orchestra made many recordings for various companies; it was featured on-the-air for most

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The Kentucky Serenaders

The Kentucky Serenaders

Other releases using the Kentucky Serenaders name were a psuedonym for Lanin’s Southern Serenaders.Thanks to Owen Miller for the recordings on this page. Title Recording Date

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McKenzie’s Candy Kids

McKenzie’s Candy Kids was a pseudonym for the Mound City Blue Blowers. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Best Black (Red McKenzie) 1925 New York, New York

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Joe Steele and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Coal Yard Shuffle (1) (Joe Steele) 6-4-1929 New York, New York Victor V-38066-B Coal Yard Shuffle (2) (Joe Steele) 6-4-1929 New

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Seminole Syncopators

The Seminole Syncopators were a Jazz band that was lead by pianist Graham W. Jackson and based in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1920s. Graham W.

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Mezzrow- Ladnier Quintet

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None O’ This Jelly-Roll Quintet selected by Hughes Panassié (Spencer Williams / Clarence Williams) 12-19-1938 New

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The Syncopating Seven

The Syncopating Seven

The Syncopatin’ Seven was a later version of The Syncopatin’ Five. They got their start playing dance music in hotels in Florida. Most of the band

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Syncopating Five

The Syncopating Five

The Syncopating Five got their start playing dance music in hotels in Florida. Most of the band members were from Ohio and Indiana and they

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The Texas Blue Destroyers

The Texas Blue Destroyers, who were only trumpet player Bubber Miley and organist Alvin Ray, pulled some kind of con job back in 1924, and managed to

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Lizzie Miles (1895-1963)

Lizzie Miles (March 31, 1895 – March 17, 1963) was born on Bourbon Street and she was singing with the New Orleans Jazz bands of King

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