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Red Onion Jazz Babies
Red Onion Jazz BabiesRed 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 month before. The sessions are also famous for bringing Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong together for the first time on record.


Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Cake Walking Babies From Home
(Clarence Williams / Chris Smith / Henry Troy)
1-7-1925 New York, New York Gennett
Early Every Morn
(Billy Higgins / W. Benton Overstreet)
12-24-1924 New York, New York Gennett
Everybody Loves My Baby
(Jack Palmer / Spencer Williams)
11-6-1924 New York, New York Gennett
Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
(Tom Delany)
12-24-1924 New York, New York Gennett
Of All The Wrongs You’ve Done To Me
(Payton / Smith)
11-8-1924 New York, New York Gennett
Santa Claus Blues
(Charley Straight / Gus Kahn)
11-26-1924 New York, New York Gennett
Terrible Blues
(Clarence Williams)
11-26-1924 New York, New York Gennett
Texas Moaner Blues
(Faye Barnes / Clarence Williams)
11-8-1924 New York, New York Gennett

Red Onion Jazz Babies

Artist Instrument
Louis Armstrong Cornet
Lil Hardin-Armstrong Piano
Buster Bailey Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Sidney Bechet Clarinet
Buddy Christian Banjo
Alberta Hunter
(under the name of Josephine Beatty)
Charlie Irvis Trombone
Aaron Thompson Trombone
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