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

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  (May 19, 1894 – April 23, 1955) was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1916 where he found work

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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 (June 15, 1900 – August 18, 1949) was from New Orleans and a childhood friend of Leon Roppolo and Abbie and George Brunies.

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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 (May 28, 1900 – June 4, 1939) moved north to Chicago from New Orleans, and found work in a touring band.

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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 (June 3, 1888 – March 25, 1958) was a veteran of Papa Jack Laine’s Reliance

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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 (June 22, 1903 – June 7, 1971) was one of the more successful White band leaders of the late 1920s. His orchestras featured

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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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Memphis Blues First Blues Record

The First Blues Records

Also see: In 1920 Mamie Smith’s Crazy Blues paved the way for Black Music Title Artist Recording Date Company Memphis Blues (W.C. Handy) Victor Military

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Original Dixieland Jazz Band

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, who billed themselves “The Creators of Jazz”, have long been been dismissed as the White guys who copied African-American music,

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First Recording of Tiger Rag by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Jack Carey (1889-1934)

Trombonist Jack Carey was the older brother of Thomas “Pappa Mutt” Carey, the leader of the Crescent City Orchestra, and the author of perhaps the most

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Frank Duson

Frankie Dusen (1880-1940)

Frankie Dusen Jr. became the trombonist in Buddy Bolden‘s band in 1906 and took over the group after Bolden went insane in 1907. He re-named the group the Eagle Band after

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The Eagle Band 1916

The Eagle Band

The Eagle Band was a very important band in the history of Jazz. When Buddy Bolden went insane in 1907, Frankie Dusen took over Buddy Bolden’s Band and renamed it the

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Lucille Bogan

Lucille Bogan (1897-1948)

Hardcore might be the best way to describe the Blues singing of Lucille Bogan (April 1, 1897 – August 10, 1948). While many of the

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Irving Mills 1925

Irving Mills (1894-1985)

Irving Mills (January 16, 1894 – April 21, 1985) was born in New York City, in the Jewish ghetto on the East Side in 1894

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Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey (1886-1939)

Gertrude Pridgett was born into a showbiz family that performed in minstrel shows. She first appeared onstage in 1900, singing and dancing in minstrel and

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Superior Orchestra 1910

Peter Bocage (1887-1967)

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Bocage (31 July 1887 – 3 December 1967) was one of the great trumpeters in New Orleans history and ironically did not consider

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Jimmy Blythe (1901-1931)

Jimmy Blythe (1901-1931)

In 1915 Jimmy Blythe (May 20, 1901 – June 14, 1931) moved from his native Kentucky to Chicago. He was an accomplished musician and composer

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Jack Bland The Jazz Record

Jack Bland (1899-1968)

Banjoist and guitarist Jack Bland (May 8, 1899 – August 1968) is best remembered as the banjoist for the Mound City Blue Blowers which he co-founded

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Esther Bigeou (1923)

Esther Bigeou (1895-1936)

Blues singer Esther Bigeou  (c.1892 – November 15, 1936) was a cousin of drummer Paul Barbarin which made her part of one of the most musical

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Red McKenzie Bunny Berigan

McKenzie and Condon’s Chicagoans

Red McKenzie (1899-1948) and Eddie Condon: Profiles in Jazz Title Recording Date Recording Location Company China Boy (Dick Winfree / Phil Boutelje) 12-8-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh

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Bubber Miley

Bubber Miley (1903-1932)

Bubber Miley (April 3, 1903 – May 20, 1932) was the master of the plunger mute. His growling, drunken wah-wah sounding trumpet playing was largely

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The Washingtonians

The Washingtonians

In September of 1923 Elmer Snowden‘s Washington Black Sox Orchestra landed a six month gig at the Hollywood Club in Manhattan. After about three months

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Jimmy Bertrand

Jimmy Bertrand (1900-1960)

Percussionist and xylophonist Jimmy Bertrand (24 February 1900 – August 1960) moved to Chicago in 1913 and played in the State Theatre Orchestra before joining

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Vic Berton

Vic Berton (1898-1951)

The word child prodigy doesn’t even begin to describe Vic Berton (May 7, 1896 – December 26, 1951) who was playing drums in a Milwaukee

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Paul Whiteman (1890-1967)

Paul Whiteman‘s Orchestra was the most popular band of the 1920s. They are also the most controversial to Jazz historians because Whiteman (March 28, 1890

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Brox Sisters

The Brox Sisters

The Brox Sisters were a close harmony vocal group of three sisters. They where born in Kentucky and Tennesse but grew up in Edmonton, Alberta,

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King of Jazz (1930)

This page by Dennis Pereyra: On October 23, 1928, a deal was made with Carl Laemmle and Nat Goldstone of Universal Studios for Paul Whiteman to

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Elmer Snowden

Elmer Snowden (1900-1973)

Elmer Snowden (October 9, 1900 – May 14, 1973) contributed greatly to jazz in its earlier days as both a player and a bandleader, and

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Don Redman and his Orchestra

Don Redman and his Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company About Rip Van Winkle 1-17-1940 New York, New York Bluebird B-10615 After Sundown 11-14-1933 New York, New York Melotone

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Don Redman

Don Redman (1900-1964)

Don Redman (July 29, 1900 – November 30, 1964) is one of the first great jazz arrangers and was a pivotal figure in the development

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Eddie Lang

Eddie Lang (1902-1933)

Eddie Lang was the first Jazz guitar virtuoso. A boyhood friend of Joe Venuti, Lang took violin lessons for 11 years but switched to guitar

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