Red Hot Jazz Archive 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’s Wayback Machine. Keeping with both the original intent and mission of 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

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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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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A Rhapsody in Blah: Notes Concerning the Extraordinary Restoration of The King of Jazz

Jazz Films

There were a handful of short Jazz films made in the late 1920s and early 1930s. These films were usually one or two reelers, and

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St Louis Cotton Club Band 1925

Red Hot Bands

Most of the links in this table will take you to biographies and discographies for these groups on the copy of the former

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jazz reference books

Jazz Essays

The essays on this page are hosted on the Wayback Machine. Without express permission from the authors we are hesitant to migrate them in

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Kid Ory First Band

About the Archive

Look here to see the latest entries. was a crown jewel of the early internet. Starting in the mid ’90s it made the offline

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