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Jass was born in New Orleans

Today’s topic is the origins of Jazz, most people know that it sprung from Afro American blues in the beginning of the 20th century, but how did those old recordings sound ? In 1917, “Original Dixieland Jass Band”, made the first Jazz single ever recorded.

Original Dixieland Jass Band (1917)

The band was a “white” Dixieland jazz band, based in New Orleans. They were booked for playing in New York City, in the beginning of 1917, they played for dancing, at Reisenweber’s Café. Fast they became very popular at the hot, fashionable nightclub, and soon was invited to record their music. The recording sold more than one million copy’s in 1917. The Band have been rejected as the “white” band stealing the black man’s music, but they kicked open the door for Jazz recording, no matter if we like it or not. Later in 1917 the band’s name was changed to Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

Sweatman’s Jazz Orchestra. (1918)

After the success of Original Dixieland Jass Band, Afro American Wilbur Sweatman, an established New York based band leader, began recordings of tracks in a combined Jazz/Ragtime style, starting as early as 1917, only few months after the success of Original Dixieland Jass Band, however those early songs was more Ragtime than Jazz, but as early as 1918 he was recording Jazz, and his band was renamed Wilbur Sweatman’s Jazz Orchestra.

“Tim Brymn and his Black Devil Orchestra”

Another interesting act, was “Tim Brymn and his Black Devil Orchestra” an 70 piece African American music unit, representing the, 350th Field Artillery Regiment, during WW1, recording in the early 20’s.
James Tim Brymn had been active since the turn of the century, as a composer and pianist, he was educated from National Conservatory of Music of America.
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band – 1923

Joe “King” Oliver, was a New Orleans band leader, performing in Chicago clubs, by 1922 his band included the later so famous “Louis Armstrong” and his wife to come Lil Hardin. Oliver had been Armstrongs long time friend, mentor and inspiratory back in New Orleans.
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band – 1923