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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Freddie Keppard (1889-1933)

Freddie Keppard (1889-1933)

Freddie Keppard (2-27-1890 to 12-21-1933) was an important musician who succeeded Buddy Bolden as “king” of the cornet players in New Orleans. He started playing around 1906,

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Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band

Bill Johnson’s Louisiana Jug Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Don’t Drink It In Here 3-21-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7067 Get The “L” On Down The Road 3-21-1929 Chicago,

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Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson (1872-1972)

Bill Johnson (8/10/1872-12/3/1971) and one of the first band leaders to take the New Orleans style of Jazz outside of the city. In 1909 he

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The Original Creole Orchestra Right to Left: Eddie Venson, Dink Johnson, Freddie Keppard, Jimmie Palao, George Baquet, Bill Johnson, and W.M. Williams

The Original Creole Orchestra

The Original Creole Orchestra (aka The Creole Band, Freddie Keppard’s Original Creole Orchestra) was the first New Orleans Jazz band to tour outside of the South. In

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Freddie Keppard (1889-1933)

Freddie Keppard and his Jazz Cardinals

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Salty Dog (Papa Charlie Jackson) 7-26-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12399-B 2653-1 Salty Dog (Papa Charlie Jackson) 7-26-1926 Chicago, Illinois

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Natty Dominique (1896-1982)

Natty Dominique (1896-1982)

Natty Dominique (August 2, 1896 – August 30, 1982) played trumpet with many of the Hot Jazz groups from New Orleans in the 1920’s. As

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Dixie Serenaders

The Dixie Serenaders

The Dixie Serenaders was the band that Sonny Clay assembled after he returned from Australia in 1928. Notes from the recording session indicate that the band was

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The Stompin' Six

The Stompin’ Six

Related to Sonny Clay. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Down and Out Blues (Arthur Sizemore) 5-1925 Los Angeles, California Sunset 1099 Creole Blues (Charles

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Sonny Clay's Plantation Orchestra 1928

Sonny Clay’s Plantation Orchestra

Sonny Clay’s Orchestra played Plantation Café in Culver City, California in the mid-1920s. The nightclub was located on Washington Boulevard, at Elenda Street, across the street

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Sonny Clay 1899-1972

Sonny Clay (1899-1972)

Sonny Clay was born in Texas in 1899 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1908. As a teenager he played in bands around Phoenix before

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Sonny Clay's Plantation Orchestra 1928

California Poppies

The California Poppies was a pseudonym for Sonny Clay’s Orchestra. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Lou (Sonny Clay / Henry Walker) 1923 Los Angeles, California Sunset

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ouis Armstrong and his Stompers

Louis Armstrong and his Stompers

Louis Armstrong and his Stompers only made this one record and it wasn’t released until 1942. This is the band that Louis played with at the Sunset Cafe

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Frank Teschmacher

Frank Teschemacher (1906-1932)

Frank Teschemacher was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 13, 1906 to Charles and Charlotte McCorkell Teschemacher and was the youngest of their three

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Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan (1906-1971)

Joseph Michael O’Sullivan entered this world on November 4, 1906, the ninth child of Irish immigrant parents. His father, Michael, was an inventor, entrepreneur and

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Jimmy McPartland and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company China Boy (Winfree / Boutelje) 10-11-1939 New York, New York Decca 18042 A Jazz Me Blues (Tom Delaney) 10-11-1939

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Austin High Gang

The Austin High Gang

The Austin High Gang by Charles Edward Smith From “Jazzmen,” by Frederic Ramsey, Jr. & Charles Edward Smith Harcourt, Brace & Company – New York,

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Husk O'Hare and His Footwarmers

Husk O’Hare and His Footwarmers

Milenburg Joys features a rare vocal by Turk Savage with words added to the famous Jelly Roll Morton song by Walter Melrose. My Daddy Rocks Me is a typical blues

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Bud Freeman and his Orchestra

Bud Freeman: Profiles in Jazz Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (from “Show Boat”) (Jerome Kern / Roger Hammerstein) 12-3-1928

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Fletcher Henderson Orchestra

Fletcher Henderson Orchestra

The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra was the most popular African-American band of the 1920s. The smooth, carefully arranged sound of Henderson’s orchestra was a huge influence on the Swing style

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Albert Wynn and his Gut Bucket Five

Albert Wynn and his Gut Bucket Five

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Crying My Blues Away (Alex Hill) 10-9-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1218 Parkway Stomp With Skee Da Vocal (Albert Wynn

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Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra

Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company After Twelve O’Clock (Joe Moore / Hoagy Carmichael) 9-1-1932 New York, New York Victor 24119 Bessie Couldn’t Help It (1) (Byron

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Emil Seidel and his Orchestra

Emil Seidel and his Orchestra

Champion 15420-A was released under the pseudonym of Malcom Webb and his Gang. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Beautiful 1-9-1928 Richmond, Indiana Gennett 6367

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First Stardust

Hoagy Carmichael and his Pals

In this 1927 session, Hoagy Carmichael recorded the first version of his famous song “Stardust“. The song went on from these humble beginnings to be one of

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Carmichael's Collegians

Carmichael’s Collegians

This is Hoagy Carmichael’s first band that he led while he attended the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. The band had two other recording sessions at

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The Wolverine Orchestra

Al Gandee (1896-1946)

Al Gandee played with the Woverines when it was stationed for a three-month stint at Doyle’s Dance Studio in Cincinnati. He also participated on the

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The Wolverine Orchestra

The Wolverine Orchestra

Formed in late 1923, the Wolverines, or Wolverine Orchestra, worked in clubs and dance halls in the Midwest for much of 1924, making occasional trips

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Hitch's Happy Harmonists

Hitch’s Happy Harmonists

Curtis Hitch led his band the Happy Harmonists from 1922 to 1927 in Indiana. While playing at Indiana University in Bloomington they met a young

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Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981)

Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981)

Hoagy Carmichael is remembered today as one of America’s great composers of popular songs. Several of his tunes, like “Star Dust“, “Georgia on My Mind”

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Mutt Carey

Mutt Carey (1891-1948)

Trumpeter Mutt Carey  (September 17, 1891 – September 3, 1948) got his start like so many others with the marching bands in New Orleans sometime

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Mutt Carey and his New Yorkers

Mutt Carey and his New Yorkers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Cake Walking Babies (Clarence Williams / Chris Smith / Henry Troy) 11-18-1947 New York, New York Century 4017 Esquire 10-064

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Kid-Ory-1973

Kid Ory (1886-1973)

Kid Ory was the greatest trombone player in the early years of Jazz. He originally played banjo, but then switched to trombone. Perhaps his banjo

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Kid Ory's Creole Orchestra

Kid Ory’s Creole Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company 1919 (Traditional) 9-8-1945 Los Angeles, California Crescent 4 (1013) Ballin’ The Jack (Chris Smith) 2-12-1945 Los Angeles, California Exner

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Busse's Buzzards Deep Elm

Busse’s Buzzards

Busse’s Buzzards was a “hot” side project of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Whiteman‘s trumpet player Henry Busse was the leader of this recording session. Busse stayed with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra until 1928 when

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Frisco Jazz Band

Frisco Jass Band

In 1917 this band cut nine titles for Edison, all issued on Blue Amberol as well as Diamond Disc. It was among the first to

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Henry Busse trumpet

Henry Busse (1894-1955)

Henry Busse was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1916 where he found work playing trumpet in a movie theatre pit

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Buddy Burton

Black Diamond Twins

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Block And Tackle 3-30-1932 New York, New York Banner 32435 Oriole 8137 Artist Instrument W.E. Burton Piano, Vocals Bob

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Alabama Jim and George

Alabama Jim and George

Thanks to J.E. Knox for his help with this page. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company All Over You 6-10-1929 Richmond, Indiana Gennett 6918 Crossin’

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Buddy Burton

Blythe and Burton

The song “Dustin’ The Keys” features both Jimmy Blythe and Buddy Burton playing on one piano simultaneously. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Block And Tackle Blues (W.E.

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Jelly Roll Morton Jazz Band

Jelly Roll Morton’s Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company London Blues (Jelly Roll Morton) 10-1923 Chicago, Illinois Okeh 8105-B Someday Sweatheart (J.C. Spikes ) 10-1923 Chicago, Illinois Okeh

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Buddy Burton

Buddy Burton (1890-1976)

Multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Buddy Burton  (February 1890- July 6th, 1976?) appeared on a quite a few 1920s Chicago South Side Jazz and Blues records as

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Peck Kelly Band

Peck Kelley’s Bad Boys

Pianist Peck Kelley led this influential territory band in Texas in the 1920s. Kelley’s style was said to be ahead of his time and more

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Paul Mares

Paul Mares (1900-1949)

Paul Mares was from New Orleans and a childhood friend of Leon Roppolo and Abbie and George Brunies. While still a teenager Mares played in Tom Brown‘s band and with

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Leon Roppolo

Leon Roppolo (1902-1943)

Leon Roppolo (March 16, 1902 – October 5, 1943) was considered a genius by his contemporaries and like Bix Beiderbecke and Buddy Bolden he was another of the

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Alberta Brown

Little is known about the life of Alberta Brown, but she made this excellent Blues record in 1928. She is backed up by members of

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Halfway House Orchestra

Halfway House Orchestra

The Halfway House Orchestra was named after a dancehall called the Halfway House that was halfway between New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. The group was

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Portrait of George Brunis and Tony Parenti, Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, N.Y.

George Brunies (1902-1974)

Trombone player George Brunies (February 6, 1902 – November 19, 1974) got his start at age eight playing with Papa Jack Laine‘s band and later went

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Chant in the Night Sidney Bechet

Sidney Bechet and his Orchestra

Also See: Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) & Sidney Bechet: Profiles in Jazz Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Chant In The Night (Sidney Bechet) 11-16-1938 New York,

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Sidney Bechet's First Record

King Bechet Trio

This Clarence Williams produced session is Sidney Bechet‘s first record. It was released under the name of Rosetta Crawford accompanied by King Bechet Trio. Bechet plays some very soulful clarinet and

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Shag New Orleans Feetwarmers

The New Orleans Feetwarmers

The New Orleans Feetwarmers 1932 sides are the epitome of Hot Jazz. Sidney Bechet‘s soprano sax playing is nothing short of amazing on the song Shag. Ernest Meyers’s

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Tommy Ladnier With Sam Wooding Orchestra 1925

Tommy Ladnier (1900-1939)

In 1917 Tommy Ladnier moved north to Chicago from New Orleans, and found work in a touring band. In 1921 he moved to St. Louis

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Jimmy Durante's Original New Orleans Jazz Band - 1917

Original New Orleans Jazz Band

This band was organized by drummer Johnny Stein after Stein’s Dixie Jass Band broke up and became the Original Dixieland Jass Band. It is interesting to note that

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Tom "Red" Brown (1888-1958)

Tom “Red” Brown (1888-1958)

Like most early White New Orleans Jazz musicians, trombonist Tom Brown was a veteran of Papa Jack Laine’s Reliance Brass Band. Around 1910 he organized his own

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George Williams and Bessie Brown

Bessie Brown (1890-1955)

Bessie Brown, (March 2, 1890– November  12, 1955) like so many other female classic Blues singers of the 1920s. had a background in vaudeville and

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Perry Bradford

Perry Bradford (1893-1970)

Perry Bradford (February 14, 1893 – April 20, 1970) was a singer, songwriter, pianist and vaudeville and minstrel performer who forever changed the sound of

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Shirt Tail Stomp Bennie Goodman Boys

Benny Goodman’s Boys

These are Benny Goodman‘s first records under his own name. Benny was eighteen at the time. The January of 1928 session was released as Benny Goodman’s

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Benny Goodman at Carnegie 1938

Benny Goodman (1909-1986)

Born into a large, poverty stricken family, Benny Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) began playing the clarinet at an early age. He

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Ben Pollack

Ben Pollack (1903-1971)

Ben Pollack was one of the more successful White band leaders of the late 1920s. His orchestras featured many future Jazz stars such as Glenn

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Ben Pollack Orchestra BG Story

Ben Pollack’s Bad Boys

Ben Pollack was on sessions during 1928-29 released under the names of the Hotsy Totsy Gang, Jimmy McHugh’s Bostonians, Ben’s Bad Boys, and the Louisville

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Ben Pollack and his Orchestra

(Excerpt from Ben Pollack: Profile in Jazz, by Scott Yanow) Unfortunately Ben Pollack was still thinking of himself as a singer (he had a weak

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