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

Red Nichols Five Pennies 1926

Miff Mole and his Little Molers

Miff Mole and his Molers was basically a pseudonym for Red Nichols Five Pennies. They used this name when recording for the Okeh Company. Red Nichols and Miff Mole were

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Frank Teschemacher

Frank Teschemacher’s Chicagoans

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Jazz Me Blues (Tom Delaney) 4-28-1928 Chicago, Illinois UHCA 61 Artist Instrument Eddie Condon Banjo George “Rod” Cless Alto

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Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa (1909-1973)

As a teenager in Chicago Gene Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973)was studying drums when he discovered a group of young white jazz

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Red and Miff's Stompers

Red and Miff’s Stompers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Alabama Stomp (a) (from Earl Carroll’s “Vanities”) (Creamer / Johnson) 10-13-1926 New York, New York Edison Alabama Stomp (b) (from Earl

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Russell’s Hot Six

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company 29th And Dearborn (Richard M. Jones) 3-10-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1010 Sweet Mumtaz (Luis Russell) 3-10-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion

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Barney Bigard and his Jazzopators

Many of these records appeared as Barney Bigard and his Orchestra Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Barney Goin’ Easy (Barney Bigard / Duke Ellington) 6-8-1939 New

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Barney Bigard Sextet

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man of Mine (Jerome Kern) 1-5-1945 New York, New York Black & White 14 A

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Barney Bigard Quintet

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bojangles (Kern / Field) 2-5-1945 New York, New York Mercury 21023 Borobudor (Barney Bigard) 2-5-1945 New York, New York

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Barney Bigard Trio

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Moonglow (Hudson / De Lange / Mills) 1-22-1944 New York, New York Signature 28116-B Steps Steps Down (Barney Bigard)

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Ben Selvin (1898-1980)

Ben Selvin (1898-1980)

Originally a violinist, Ben Selvin (March 5, 1898 – July 15, 1980) probably made more records than any other bandleader of the 78 rpm era,

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Louisiana Five

Louisiana Five

This ensemble was among the first groups to record jazz. It made tests for Columbia in early 1918, and its first records to be issued–on

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Bessie Brown

Bessie Brown and Her Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Ridge (Lampl / Davidson / Moret) 4-2-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 3922 Nobody But My Baby Is Getting My

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Ida Cox (1888-1967)

Ida Cox (February 26, 1888 or 1896 – November 10, 1967) sang in church choirs as a child in Georgia. She ran away from home

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Ida Cox acc. by the Pruitt Twins

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Down The Road Bound Blues (Robert Warfield) 3-1924 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12094-B Mean Lovin’ Man Blues (Majorie Lamkin) 3-1924

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Ida Cox

Ida Cox acc. by her Five Black Spells

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Aching Blues (Misery Blues) 1-1925 Chicago, Illinois Silvertone 3563 Blue Kentucky Blues (Gene Burdette) 1-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12258

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