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Instrumental

Harvey Brooks Quality Four – “Frankie And Johnny”

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Named after the Quality Cafe in Los Angeles, Harvey Brooks Quality Four was one of several bands formed by pianist […]

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Bobby Leecan’s Need More Band – “Washboard Cut Out”

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Born in Philadelphia in 1897, Bobby Leecan was an influential steel string guitarist whose style embraced blues, vaudeville, jug music […]

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Paddy Killoran – “Sligo Maid’s Lament”

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Sligo is a form of lively folk music which takes its name from the county and town of Sligo on […]

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The Blue Boys (Hayes and Prater) – “Easy Winner”

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Guitarist Napoleon “Nap” Hayes and mandolinist Matthew Prater recorded this instrumental gem in Memphis, Tennessee in February of 1928. “Easy […]

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Dutch Coleman and Red Whitehead – “Dad’s Gettin’ Fuzzy”

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Here’s some blistering harmonica boogie from “blues harp” masters Dutch Coleman and Red Whitehead. Expertly shaping the tone with their […]

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Taylor’s Kentucky Boys – “Forked Deer”

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Country blues fiddle pioneer Jim Booker recorded with Taylor’s Kentucky Boys, as well as his own Booker Orchestra. This track […]

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The Charleston 7 – “Toodles”

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This great performance of the instrumental Roaring 20’s romp, “Toodles,” by Edison Recording Artist, the Charleston 7, stands the test […]

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Alonzo Yancey – “Everybody’s Rag”

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Ragtime is known as “the music that got lost” – mostly because jazz stole its thunder and captured the public’s […]

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John Philip Sousa Band – “The Stars and Stripes Forever”

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Here is John Philip Sousa’s greatest march, staple of Independence Day celebrations across the USA and one of the most […]

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Georgia Melodians – “Everybody’s Charleston Crazy”

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The Georgia Melodians were an early jazz band from Savannah Georgia that performed extensively on the east coast of the […]

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Fiddlin Frank Nelson – “Buck Creek Gal”

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Fiddlin Frank Nelson was a moniker used by the great southern fiddler, Doc Roberts. Doc was a farmer first and […]

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Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars – “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue”

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Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars recorded “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” in Chicago, Illinois on December 9, 1927. The moment was […]

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London Philharmonic Orchestra – “Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5, in E-flat Major”

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Here is a stellar performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5, in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”), by the London Philharmonic […]

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Duke Ellington – “Washington Wobble”

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There is some debate as to the origin of this Duke Ellington title. “Washington Wobble” might pay tribute to the […]

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Duke Ellington – “Jubilee Stomp”

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This up-beat instrumental by Duke Ellington was recorded in 1928. “Jubilee Stomp” cooks from beginning to end, carrying with it […]

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Louis Armstrong – “Old Man Mose”

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A brilliant recording from the great Louis Armstrong, “Old Man Mose” has a swingin’ beat that will have your feet […]

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Scott Joplin – “The Entertainer”

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Only one of the greatest and most famous piano works of all time, here is Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” as […]

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Duke Ellington – “Louisiana”

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Here’s a magnificent recording of Duke Ellington’s orchestra performing “Louisiana.” Back then there was no such thing as an overdub, […]

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Duke Ellington – “Swampy River”

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Not to be confused with the Suwannee River or any song about an old folks home, this is Duke Ellington’s […]

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