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

Wilbur Sweatman's Brownies

Wilbur Sweatman’s Brownies

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Battleship Kate (Ada Rives / Wilbur Sweatman) 10-10-1924 New York, New York Edison 51438-L 9781-B It Makes No Difference Now

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Wilbur Sweatman's Jazz Orchestra - 1928

Wilbur Sweatman and his Orchestra

This is Wilbur Sweatman’s final recording session. Wilbur Sweatman’s continued to perform live up until the 1950s in the New York area. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Battleship

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Vocalion-A-14476 The Southland Six

The Southland Six

The Southland Six was a pseudonym for The Original Memphis Five. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Eyed Blues 5-1922 New York, New York

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Jazzbo's Carolina Serenaders

Jazzbo’s Carolina Serenaders

Jazzbo’s Carolina Serenaders was a pseudonym for The Original Memphis Five. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Achin’ Hearted Blues (Clarence Williams) 10-1922 New York,

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Bailey’s Lucky Seven

Bailey’s Lucky Seven was a series of Gennett recording sessions organized by bandleader Sam Lanin. The musicians on the records were often the Original Memphis Five with

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Ladd's Black Aces

Ladd’s Black Aces

None of the musicians in Ladd’s Black Aces were Black even though Gennett records advertised them as such, going so far as to show a

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Jimmy_durante_1935

Jimmy Durante (1893-1980)

Before Jimmy Durante (February 10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) became one of the most famous and lovable entertainers of the Twentieth Century, he was

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Jimmy Durante's Jazz and Novelty Band - 1918

The Syncopating Skeeters

It has been suggested that this band might be Jimmy Durante’s New Orleans Jazz Band. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Loose Feet (Williams) 12-1922 New York,

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Jimmy Durante's Jazz and Novelty Band - 1918

Jimmy Durante’s 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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Jimmy Durantes Original New Orleans Jazz Band - 1917

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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Whiteway Jazz Band

Although it will probably never be completely confirmed, the Whiteway Jazz Band is thought to be Jimmy Durante’s band which recorded under the names of the Original New

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Jasper Taylor (1894-1964)

Jasper Taylor (January 1, 1894-November 7, 1964) was an early Jazz percussionist. He left his home Texas as a teenager in 1912 playing drums with

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Lil Armstrong Chicago Boys Gotham

Lil Armstrong and her Chicago Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Baby Daddy (Lil Armstrong / Williams) 4-4-1950 Chicago, Illinois Gotham G 241 A Baby Daddy (Lil Armstrong) 4-4-1950 Chicago, Illinois

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Lil Armstrong and her Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Everything’s Wrong, Ain’t Nothing Right Vocal Chorus by Lil Armstrong (Lil Armstrong / Evans) 9-8-1938 New York, New York Decca 2542

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