Sidney Bechet
Master Takes: Victor Sessions (1932-1943)
Jump, Jive An' Wail: The Essential
Louis Armstrong

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Because the Dixieland revival (one could say fad) of the 1950s was eventually overrun by amateurs, corny trappings (such as straw hats and suspenders), and clich├ęs, many musicians playing in that idiom grew to dislike the term and wanted it to be changed to "traditional" or "classic." But rather than blame the term or the style, it seems more justifiable to separate the professionals from the poor imitators. Dixieland, a style that overlaps with New Orleans jazz and classic jazz, has also been called "Chicago jazz" because it developed, to an extent, in Chicago in the 1920s. Most typically, the framework involves collective improvisation during the first chorus (or, when there are several themes, for several choruses), individual solos with some riffing by the other horns, and a closing ensemble or two with a four-bar tag by the drummer (which is answered by the full group). Although nearly any song can be turned into Dixieland, there is a consistent repertoire of 40 or so songs that have proven to be reliable. Despite its decline in popularity since the 1950s, Dixieland (along with the related classic jazz and New Orleans jazz idioms) continues to flourish as an underground music style.

Dixieland Artists Highlights

Sidney Bechet
Sidney Bechet
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Joe Venuti
Joe Venuti

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Dixieland Album Highlights

Master Takes: Victor Sessions (1932-1943)
Sidney Bechet
Master Takes: Victor ...
Jump, Jive An' Wail: The Essential
Sam Butera / Louis Prima / ...
Jump, Jive An' Wail: The ...
The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings [Columbia/Legacy]
Louis Armstrong
The Complete Hot Five and ...
Chicago/Austin High School Jazz in Hi-Fi
Bud Freeman
Chicago/Austin High School ...
World on a String
Henry "Red" Allen
World on a String
Hot Fives, Vol. 1
Louis Armstrong
Hot Fives, Vol. 1

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Dixieland Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
That Old Black Magic Louis Prima / Keely Smith
Hotter Than That Louis Armstrong
Jack Hits the Road Bud Freeman
Sweet Lorraine Henry "Red" Allen
Don't Forget to Mess Around Louis Armstrong
St. James Infirmary Louis Armstrong
Gut Bucket Blues
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
Wild Man Blues Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven
Beale Street Blues Louis Armstrong
Jump, Jive, An' Wail Louis Prima

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