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

Richard M. Jones (1889-1945)

Richard M. Jones (1889-1945)

Richard Myknee Jones (13 June 1892 – 8 December 1945) was from a musical family in New Orleans and played a variety of instruments before

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Frankie Franko and his Louisianians

Frankie Franko and his Louisianians

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Golden Lily Blues Vocal Chorus by Kid Punch (Francois Moseley / Punch Miller) 11-2-1930 Chicago, Illinois Melotone M 12009

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Jimmie Noone (1895-1944)

Jimmie Noone (1895-1944)

Jimmie Noone (April 23, 1895 – April 19, 1944) is considered one of the best clarinetists of the Twenties. His style differs from the other

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Alex Hill

Alex Hill (1906-1937)

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in April 1906, Alex Hill (April 22, 1906 – February 1937), the eldest son of an African Episcopalian minister and

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Dixie Rhythm Kings

Dixie Rhythm Kings

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Congo Love Song 9-23-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick BR7115 Easy Rider 9-23-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick BR7127 Storybook Ball 9-23-1929 Chicago,

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Omer Simeon (1902-1959)

Omer Simeon (1902-1959)

Omer Simeon (July 21, 1902 – September 17, 1959) and his family moved from New Orleans to Chicago in 1914 and like so many other great

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Zutty Singleton

Zutty Singleton (1898-1975)

Zutty Singleton (May 14, 1898 – July 14, 1975) was one of the most influential drummers of early Jazz. He popularized the use of brushes

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Noble Sissle and his Orchestra

Noble Sissle and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company All By Yourself In The Moonlight 12-13-1928 London, England Parlophone R-252 Kismit K-705 Bandana Days From “Shuffle Along” Featuring Sidney

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Original Jazz Hounds

Original Jazz Hounds

Not to be confused with Johnny Dunn’s Jazz Hounds, Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds, or the several other similarly named groups. Louis Metcalf is the cornet

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Charles Creath's Jazz-O-Maniacs

Charlie Creath (1890-1951)

Charlie Creath (December 30, 1890 – October 23, 1951 ) was, like Fate Marable and Peck Kelly, was a regional band leader. Never traveling to the

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Harry's Happy Four

Harry’s Happy Four

Harry Cooper’s group also recorded as Sara Martin accompanied by Harry’s Happy Four. Cooper would go on to play in the Cotten Club Orchestra, The Washingtonians, Billy

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Jungle Town Stompers

Jungle Town Stompers

Find a short description of this band at Allmusic.com Title Recording Date Recording Location Company African Jungle (Spencer Williams) 4-15-1929 New York, New York Okeh

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Six Black Diamonds

Six Black Diamonds

This was a pseudonym, often used on Banner, and other Regal Record Company, Inc.-produced labels that were marketed & distributed by the Plaza Music Company.

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Johnny Dunn (1897-1937)

Before Louis Armstrong left Chicago to join Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra in 1924, Johnny Dunn (February 19, 1897 – August 20, 1937) was considered the king of New York’s Jazz

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thomas morris

Thomas Morris (1897-1945)

Cornetist Thomas Morris  (August 30, 1897 – 1945) is a somewhat shadowy, yet prolific figure of the early New York Jazz scene. He led a

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Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters

Thomas Morris Past Jazz Masters

Learn what there is to know about Thomas Morris. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Beaucoupe de Jazz (Lots Of Jazz) (Thomas Morris) 8-7-1923 New

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Albert Nicholas (1900-1973)

Albert Nicholas  (May 27, 1900 – September 3, 1973) played with Buddy Petit, King Oliver, and Manuel Perez while still a teenager in New Orleans and

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Mamie Smith Choo Cho

Mamie Smith Choo Cho Jazzers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company My Sweet Man (Tickles The Ivories For Me) (Benett) 9-1924 New York, New York Ajax 17068 What You Need

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Joseph Samuels' Jazz Band

Joseph Samuels’ Jazz Band

Known for backing up Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Big Bad Bill (Jack Yellen / Milton Ager) New

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Mamie Smith

Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band

Mamie Smith is backed up by Joseph Samuels’ Jazz Band on the recordings made between August and September of 1921. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Little

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Mamie Smith with jazz band

Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds

In 1919, African-American songwriter and pianist Perry Bradford was sure that there was a market for African-American music aimed at African-American consumers. He had a hard

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Mamie Smith

Mamie Smith (1883-1946)

Mamie Smith was the first to record hit blues songs with her versions of Perry Bradford’s “Crazy Blues“, and “It’ s Right Here for You” on

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Tony Parenti

Tony Parenti (1900-1972)

Anthony Parenti (8-6-1900 to 4-17-72) was born into a musical family and learned as a youngster to play various reed instruments. By the time he

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Armand A J Piron

A.J. Piron (1888-1943)

Violinist Armand Piron (8-16-1888 to 2-17-1943)  is remembered most today as the early business partner of Clarence Williams. They owned The Piron-Williams Publishing Company in

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Buddy Petit (1895-1931)

Buddy Petit (1895-1931)

Buddie Petit was, at the height of his powers, considered one of the greatest of the New Orleans cornet players. Although he never recorded, many

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Kid Rena

Kid Rena (1898-1949)

When Henry “Kid” Rena‘s (pronounced ruh-NAY, 8-30-1898 to 4-25-1949) name comes up, albeit infrequently, in the annals of New Orleans jazz, he’s usually identified as

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Kid Rena's Jazz Band

Kid Rena’s Jazz Band

The rehearsals were held at Willie Santiago’s house in New Orleans. The finished cuts were recorded at WWL radio station, Roosevelt Hotel, in New Orleans.

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Elgars Creole Orchestra

Elgars Creole Orchestra

Violinist Charles Elgar (June 13, 1879 – August 1973) left New Orleans sometime before 1910 and moved to Chicago. He organized several bands that played

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Manuel Perez (1873-1946)

Manuel Perez (1873-1946)

Manuel Perez’s (December 28th 1871 – 1946) place in the history of Jazz would probably have been greater if he would have talked to historians,

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Alphonse Picou (1878-1961)

Alphonse Picou (1878-1961)

Creole clarinetist Alphonse Picou (10-18-1880 to 2-4-1961) was one of the earliest Jazz musicians from New Orleans and is generally credited with developing the clarinet

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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 on May 15th 1899 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1908. As a teenager he played in bands around

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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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