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

Ida Cox and Lovie Austin

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Come Right In (Ida Cox) 8-1923 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12022 Graveyard Dream Blues (Jimmy Cox / Ida Cox) 10-1923

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Ida Cox and her Allstar Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Death Letter Blues (Ida Cox / Jessie Crump) 10-31-1939 New York, New York Vocalion 05336 Deep Sea Blues 10-31-1939 New

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Eddie Peabody (1902-1970)

Eddie Peabody (1902-1970)

Eddie Peabody (February 19, 1902 – November 7, 1970), the “King of the banjo”, was not only a superb banjoist but also a great showman

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Mary Johnson (1900-1970)

Mary Johnson (1900-1970)

Blues singer Mary Johnson (March 29, 1898 or 1900 – July 20, 1983) got her start in show business as a teenager in St. Louis.

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Lonnie Johnson in Chicago, 1941

Lonnie Johnson (1890-1970)

Lonnie Johnson (February 8, 1899 – June 16, 1970)was a pioneering Blues and Jazz guitarist and banjoist. He started playing in cafes in New Orleans

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Blind Willie Dunn and Lonnie Johnson

Blind Willie Dunn and Lonnie Johnson

Blind Willie Dunn was a pseudonym that guitarist Eddie Lang’s records were released under when he teamed up with Lonnie Johnson on the Okeh label. Although the November on

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Arcadian Serenaders

Arcadian Serenaders

The Arcadian Serenaders were a group of White New Orleans musicians who played at the Arcadian Ballroom in St. Louis. The 1924 sessions are the

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Original Crescent City Jazzers

Original Crescent City Jazzers

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, the Original Crescent City Jazzers later went by the name of the Arcadian Serenaders after moving to St. Louis in 1925. Trumpet player

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The Cellar Boys

Wingy Manone was the leader of the Cellar Boys. They played at a club in Chicago called My Cellar. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Barrel

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Joe Manone’s Harmony Kings

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Cat’s Head (Wingy Manone / Hal Jordy) 4-11-1927 New Orleans, Louisanna Columbia 14282-D Ringside Stomp (Stan Miller) 4-11-1927 New Orleans,

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Perry Bradford and his Gang

Perry Bradford and his Gang

Thanks to Robert English for his help with some of the recordings on this page.  Title Recording Date Recording Location Company All That I Had

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Perry Bradford Jazz Phools

Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Charleston, South Carolina (Cecil Mack / James P. Johnson) 2-1924 New York, New York Paramount 12278 Day Break Blues (Original

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Harry Willis

Howell, Horsley and Bradford

“Harry Wills, The Champion” is an very interesting protest song about an African American boxer who was active in the 1910s and 1920s. The undefeated

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Red Onion Jazz Babies

Red Onion Jazz Babies sessions were organized by Clarence Williams and featured Lil Hardin-Armstrong who had come east to be near her husband Louis who had just joined the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra the

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The Plantation Orchestra

These Plantation Orchestra sides were made in London by the Pike Davies Orchestra which was an African-American jazz band that supported Florence Mills and Edith Wilson in

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