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Jazz Comes to Records (1917)


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This is the first in a series of programs that will play representative music from 100 years of jazz history. We will explore the broad sweep of that narrative; its representative and its idiosyncratic players; its durable movements and dead ends; its popular recordings and rarities. We hope you will join us over the next 100 hours to celebrate Jazz at 100.

On February 26, 1917, five musicians from New Orleans recorded for Victor in New York as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, bringing a new syncopated music to the broader world—jazz. The new music form had developed and evolved in New Orleans and Chicago, primarily, from a rich mix of sources. In this hour, we'll be exploring these first recordings and their antecedents—African rhythms, sanctified singing, vaudeville, minstrelsy, blues and ragtime.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band "Livery Stable Blues" from The Original Dixieland Jazz Band 1917 -1921 (Timeless) 2:32
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band "Dixie Jass Band One-Step" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 5:40
  • Host speaks 8:16
  • Tribal Group "Akuapim Drumming" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 9:05
  • Bessie Jones "The Buzzard Lope" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 11:10
  • Host speaks 13:10
  • Scott Joplin "Maple Leaf Rag" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian Collection) 14:40
  • Jelly Roll Morton "Maple Leaf Rag" from The Complete Library of Congress Recordings (Rounder) 17:21
  • Wilbur Sweatman accompanied by Emerson String Trio "Down Home Rag" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 21:00
  • Host speaks 22:38
  • Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds "Crazy Blues" from Mamie Smith—Vol. 1 -"Crazy Blues" (1920-1921) (Document) 25:06:00
  • Bessie Smith "St. Louis Blues" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian Collection) 26:35:00
  • Wilbur Sweatman & His Jass Band "Joe Turner Blues" from Wilbur Sweatman 1916-1935 (Jazz Oracle) 31:46:00
  • Host speaks 34:42:00
  • Eva Taylor "West End Blues" from The Jazz Singers (Smithsonian Collection) 36:11:00
  • Noble Sissle "Jazzola" from The Jazz Singers (Smithsonian Collection) 39:22:00
  • Lucille Hegamin "Jazz Me Blues" from The Jazz Singers (Smithsonian Collection) 42:15:00
  • Host speaks 44:49:00
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band "Darktown Strutters' Ball" from Classic Jazz: Vol. 001, ODJB (1917-18) (The Enclyclopedia of Jazz) 47:17:00
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band "Tiger Rag" from Classic Jazz: Vol. 001, ODJB (1917-18) (The Enclyclopedia of Jazz) 50:19:00
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band "Clarinet Marmalade" from The Original Dixieland Jazz Band 1917 -1921 (Timeless) 53:26:00
  • Host Outro 56:15:00



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