Red Hot Bands

The Red Heads

The Red Heads

The Red Heads sessions predated Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, but was basically the same group. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company A Good Man

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New Orleans Owls

The New Orleans Owls descended from The Invincibles String Band which had been playing around New Orleans since 1912. The band played regularly at the

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Jungle Kings

Jungle Kings

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Dark Town Strutters Ball (Shelton Brooks) 4-5-1928 Chicago, Illinois Paramount 12654-B 20564-2 Friars Point Shuffle (Eddie Condon / Red McKenzie ) 4-5-1928

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Chicago Rhythm Kings

Chicago Rhythm Kings

Here are some Austin High Gang recordings with a very young Gene Krupa inspiring them with his driving beat on the drums. Eddie Condon does the vocal on There’ll Be Some

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Fats Waller and his Buddies

Fats Waller and his Buddies

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Harlem Fuss (Fats Waller) 3-1-1929 New York, New York Victor V-38050 Bluebird 10185 I Need Someone Like You (Abel

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New Orleans Wanderers

New Orleans Wanderers

These fine sessions caused a lot of discord in the Armstrong household. Columbia records approached Lil Hardin-Armstrong about writing and recording some songs. Louis was not allowed

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Flat Foot New Orleans Bootblacks

New Orleans Bootblacks

Two records of this session were released under the name of the New Orleans Wanderers. Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Flat Foot (Lil Hardin

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arroll Dickerson's Savoyagers

Carroll Dickerson’s Savoyagers

Violinist Carroll Dickerson led this orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom at South Parkway and East 47th Street in Chicago and toured the Pantages Vaudeville circuit.

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Fess Williams and his Joy Boys

Fess Williams and his Joy Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Dixie Stomp (Tremaine) 4-3-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 15690 Drifting And Dreaming (Haven Gillespie / Egbert Van Alstyne) 4-3-1928 Chicago,

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Sam Morgan's Jazz Band

Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band

  Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bogalousa Strut (Sam Morgan) 10-22-1927 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 14351-D Down By The Riverside (traditional) 10-22-1927 New Orleans,

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Alex Hill

Alex Hill and his Hollywood Sepians

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Ain’t It Nice? (Alex Hill / Irving Mills) 9-10-1934 New York, New York Vocalion 2826-B Functionizin’ (Fats Waller) 9-10-1934 New York,

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JIMMY-WADE and his DIXIELANDERS

Jimmy Wade and his Dixielanders

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Gates Blues 10-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1236 C-2429-A Gates Blues 10-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion unissued C-2429-B Mississippi Wobble (Alex

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Cookie's Gingersnaps

Cookie’s Gingersnaps

Cookie’s Gingersnaps is a small group taken from Doc Cook and his Dreamland Orchestra Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Here Comes The Hot Tamale

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Al Siegel Orchestra

Al Siegel’s Orchestra

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Blue Grass Blues (Billy Meyers / Elmer Schoebel) 1-1924 New York, New York Paramount 20314 1645-1 Blue Grass Blues

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Johnny Dunn and his Jazz Band

Johnny Dunn and his Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company I Promised Not To Holler, But Hey! Hey! (Johnny Dunn) 10-30-1923 New York, New York Columbia 13004-D Jazzin’ Babies

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Johnny Dunn and his Band

Johnny Dunn and his Band

The 1928 sessions called Johnny Dunn and his Band are interesting in that Dunn plays with three of the greats of 1920s Jazz piano, Jelly Roll Morton on the March 13th

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Johnny Dunn Jazz Hounds

Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Bugle Blues (Robert Kelly) 12-21-1921 New York, New York Columbia A3541 Four O’Clock Blues (Johnny Dunn / Gus Horsley) 9-21-1922

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Edith Wilson and Her Jazz Band

Edith Wilson and Her Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Daddy Change Your Mind (Frank Guarente) 1-12-1924 New York, New York Columbia 14008-D I Don’t Know I Don’t Care

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Louisiana Sugar Babes

Louisiana Sugar Babes

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company Persian Rug (Gus Kahn / Neil Morét) 3-27-1928 Camden, New Jersey Victor 21346-A ‘Sippi (1) (From “Keep Shuffin’”) (Johnson /

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Jabbo Smith's Rhythm Aces

Jabbo Smith’s Rhythm Aces

At the request of Mayo Williams of the Brunswick Record Company of Chicago, Jabbo Smith formed his Rhythm Aces, a quintet with which he recorded

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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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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”

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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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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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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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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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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 in 1913 and moved to Chicago. He organized several bands that played in

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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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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'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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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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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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