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.

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King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators

King Oliver’s Dixie Syncopators

After the breakup of King Oliver’s great Creole Jazz Band, Oliver rebounded with the Dixie Syncopators after a brief stint with the Dave Peyton Orchestra at the Plantation Cafe. The

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Richard M. Jones (1889-1945)

Four Hot Hounds

Richard M. Jones’ Four Hot Hounds played at Abadie’s in New Orleans between 1909-1911. King Oliver sometimes replaced Sugar Johnny Smith on cornet. The band never recorded, but Jones, Oliver and

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Edmonia Henderson

Edmonia Henderson

Edmonia Henderson (c. 1898 or 1900 – February 17, 1947) was an American classic female blues singer. She was active as a recording artist in the

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Chicago Loopers

The Chicago Loopers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Clorinda (1) (Donald Heywood) 10-1927 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle 36729 Perfect 14910 Clorinda (2) (Donald Heywood) 10-1927 New York,

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Victoria Spivey (1908-1976)

Victoria Spivey (1908-1976)

Victoria Spivey  (October 15, 1906 – October 3, 1976) got her start in music at age twelve when she began playing piano in a movie

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Carl Kress and Dick McDonough

Carl Kress and Dick McDonough

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Chicken Ala Swing (Carl Kress / Dick Mcdonough) 2-16-1937 New York, New York Brunswick 7885 Danzon (Carl Kress / Dick Mcdonough)

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Carl Kress (1907-1965)

Carl Kress (1907-1965)

Carl Kress, along with Eddie Lang, can be considered THE founding father of jazz guitar. While Lang pioneered the use of single-string horn inspired lines,

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Alphonso Trent

Alphonso Trent (1905-1959)

Pianist and band leader Alphonso Trent was born October 24, 1905 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He led one of the most influential territory bands operating

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Alphonso Trent and his Orchestra

Alphonso Trent and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company After You’ve Gone (Henry Creamer / J. Turner Layton) 3-5-1930 Richmond, Indiana Gennett 7161 Black And Blue Rhapsody (Madison)

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Ethel Waters (1896-1977)

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was one of the most popular African-American singers and actresses of the 1920s. She moved to

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Edna Hicks (1895-1925)

Edna Hicks (1895-1925)

Blues singer Edna Hicks (October 14, 1891 or 1895 – August 16, 1925) was born in New Orleans and was the half-sister of Lizzie Miles and

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Louis Dumaine's Jazzola Eight

Louis Dumaine’s Jazzola Eight

Thanks to the enterprise of Victor Recording Company in 1927, when they took a roving recording microphone around the south and mid-west of America, we

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Lee Collins

Lee Collins (1901-1960)

Lee Collins (October 17, 1901 – July 3, 1960) got his start on the trumpet playing with brass bands in New Orleans as a teenager.

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Memphis Jug Band

Memphis Jug Band

The Memphis Jug Band was one the popular jug bands of the 1920s and 1930s. The leader of the band was Will Shade who played

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Gorman's Novelty Syncopators

Gorman’s Novelty Syncopators

Ross Gorman rose to prominence in Paul Whiteman‘s Orchestra and is probably best remembered today for his original playing of the opening clarinet solo in George Gershwin’s Rhapsody

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Jean Goldkette, William P. Gottlieb's office, New York

Jean Goldkette (1899-1962)

Jean Goldkette  (March 18, 1893 – March 24, 1962) emigrated from France to the United States in 1911. He was a classical piano player. Jean

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Ruth Etting and Annette Hanshaw: Profiles in Jazz

Annette Hanshaw (1901-1985)

Annette Hanshaw (October 18, 1901 – March 13, 1985) was a popular singer and radio star of the 1920s and early Thirties who had many

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The Red Heads

The Red Heads

The Red Heads sessions predated Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, but was basically the same group. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Good Man

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Jimmy Dorsey 1955

Jimmy Dorsey (1904-1957)

The older of the two Dorsey brothers Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was a child prodigy who began his musical career

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Phil Napoleon 1943

Phil Napoleon (1901-1990)

Phil Napoleon (2 September 1901 – 1 October 1990) was a classically trained trumpet player, but he turned his back the concert hall and formed

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New Orleans Owls

The New Orleans Owls descended from The Invincibles String Band which had been playing around New Orleans since 1912. The band played regularly at the

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Jungle Kings

Jungle Kings

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Dark Town Strutters Ball (Shelton Brooks) 4-5-1928 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12654-B 20564-2 Friars Point Shuffle (Eddie Condon / Red McKenzie ) 4-5-1928

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Chicago Rhythm Kings

Chicago Rhythm Kings

Here are some Austin High Gang recordings with a very young Gene Krupa inspiring them with his driving beat on the drums. Eddie Condon does the vocal on There’ll Be Some

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Fats Waller and his Buddies

Fats Waller and his Buddies

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Harlem Fuss (Fats Waller) 3-1-1929 New York, New York Victor V-38050 Bluebird 10185 I Need Someone Like You (Abel

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George Lewis and Bunk Johnson

George Lewis (1900-1968)

George Lewis (July 13, 1900 – December 31, 1968) was one of the Jazz musicians who didn’t leave New Orleans in the 1920s. He stayed

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New Orleans Wanderers

New Orleans Wanderers

These fine sessions caused a lot of discord in the Armstrong household. Columbia records approached Lil Hardin-Armstrong about writing and recording some songs. Louis was not allowed

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Flat Foot New Orleans Bootblacks

New Orleans Bootblacks

Two records of this session were released under the name of the New Orleans Wanderers. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Flat Foot (Lil Hardin

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Marable Dodds

Johnny Dodds (1892-1940)

Johnny Dodds (April 12, 1892 – August 8, 1940) was one of the greatest clarinetist of the 1920’s. Although both Jimmie Noone and Sidney Bechet had better technique,

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arroll Dickerson's Savoyagers

Caroll Dickerson’s Savoy Orchestra

Violinist Carroll Dickerson was leader of this orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom in Chicago. The orchestra also toured the Pantages Vaudeville circuit. The band included

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arroll Dickerson's Savoyagers

Carroll Dickerson’s Savoyagers

Violinist Carroll Dickerson led this orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom at South Parkway and East 47th Street in Chicago and toured the Pantages Vaudeville circuit.

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Portrait of Honore Dutrey, Louis Warnick and George McCullum Sr.

Honore Dutrey (1894-1935)

In 1910 Honore Dutrey (c. 1894 in New Orleans, Louisiana – July 21, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois) started playing trombone in various bands in New Orleans, including Jimmie Noone’s outfit.

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Fess Williams and his Joy Boys

Fess Williams and his Joy Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Dixie Stomp (Tremaine) 4-3-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 15690 Drifting And Dreaming (Haven Gillespie / Egbert Van Alstyne) 4-3-1928 Chicago,

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Sam Morgan's Jazz Band

Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band

  Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bogalousa Strut (Sam Morgan) 10-22-1927 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 14351-D Down By The Riverside (traditional) 10-22-1927 New Orleans,

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Alex Hill

Alex Hill and his Hollywood Sepians

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ain’t It Nice? (Alex Hill / Irving Mills) 9-10-1934 New York, New York Vocalion 2826-B Functionizin’ (Fats Waller) 9-10-1934 New York,

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JIMMY-WADE and his DIXIELANDERS

Jimmy Wade and his Dixielanders

Also see: Wade’s Moulin Rouge Orchestra Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Gates Blues 10-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1236 C-2429-A Gates Blues 10-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion

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Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders

Paul Howard’s Quality Serenaders

Paul Howard’s Quality Serenaders as a name may mean little to European enthusiasts, perhaps because only one side “New Kinda Blues” was ever released outside

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Cookie's Gingersnaps

Cookie’s Gingersnaps

Cookie’s Gingersnaps is a small group taken from Doc Cook and his Dreamland Orchestra Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Here Comes The Hot Tamale

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Bee Palmer (1894-1967)

Bee Palmer (1894-1967)

Beatrice C. “Bee” Palmer (11 September 1894 – 22 December 1967) was born in Chicago, the third of four children born to Charles and Anna

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Al Siegel Orchestra

Al Siegel’s Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Grass Blues (Billy Meyers / Elmer Schoebel) 1-1924 New York, New York Paramount 20314 1645-1 Blue Grass Blues

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Thelma Terry (1901-1966)

Thelma Terry (1901-1966)

Until recently, next to nothing was known about Thelma Terry (September 30, 1901 – May 30, 1966): she played string bass in Chicago in the

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Johnny Dunn and his Original Jazz Band

Johnny Dunn and his Original Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Dixie Blues (Perry Bradford / McCoy / Hendrix) 3-13-1923 New York, New York Columbia A3878 Sugar Blues (Lucy Fletcher / Clarence

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Johnny Dunn and his Jazz Band

Johnny Dunn and his Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company I Promised Not To Holler, But Hey! Hey! (Johnny Dunn) 10-30-1923 New York, New York Columbia 13004-D Jazzin’ Babies

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Johnny Dunn and his Band

Johnny Dunn and his Band

The 1928 sessions called Johnny Dunn and his Band are interesting in that Dunn plays with three of the greats of 1920s Jazz piano, Jelly Roll Morton on the March 13th

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Johnny Dunn Jazz Hounds

Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bugle Blues (Robert Kelly) 12-21-1921 New York, New York Columbia A3541 Four O’Clock Blues (Johnny Dunn / Gus Horsley) 9-21-1922

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Edith Wilson and Her Jazz Band

Edith Wilson and Her Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Daddy Change Your Mind (Frank Guarente) 1-12-1924 New York, New York Columbia 14008-D I Don’t Know I Don’t Care

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Edith Wilson (1896-1981)

Edith Wilson (1896-1981)

Edith Wilson (September 2, 1896 – March 31, 1981) was one of the stars of early African-American musical theatre. After working in vaudeville with her

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Louisiana Sugar Babes

Louisiana Sugar Babes

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Persian Rug (Gus Kahn / Neil Morét) 3-27-1928 Camden, New Jersey Victor 21346-A ‘Sippi (1) (From “Keep Shuffin’”) (Johnson /

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George Mitchell

George Mitchell (1899-1972)

George Mitchell, (March 8, 1899– May 22, 1972) the gifted hard-driving cornet player on Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers recording sessions, deserves wider recognition and

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Charley Straight's Orchestra

Charley Straight’s Orchestra

Charley Straight (January 16, 1891 – September 22, 1940) started his musical career in the early 1910’s as a solo piano player and by circa

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Jabbo Smith's Rhythm Aces

Jabbo Smith’s Rhythm Aces

At the request of Mayo Williams of the Brunswick Record Company of Chicago, Jabbo Smith formed his Rhythm Aces, a quintet with which he recorded

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Frank Melrose (1907-1941)

Frank Melrose (1907-1941)

Pianist Frank Melrose (November 26, 1907 – September 1, 1941) was the younger brother of music publishers and agents Walter and Lester Melrose, who ran

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