Duke Ellington
Birth of the Hot
The Best of the Duke Ellington Centennial Edition
Bessie Smith

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Not all jazz from the 1920s can be described as New Orleans jazz or Dixieland. The 1920s were a rich decade musically, with jazz-influenced dance bands and a gradual emphasis on solo (as opposed to collective) improvisations. Whether it be the stride pianists, the increasingly adventurous horn soloists, or the arranged music that predates swing, much of the jazz from this decade can be given the umbrella title of Classic Jazz. Some of the modern-day revivalists -- many can be heard on the Stomp Off label -- who look beyond the Dixieland repertoire into the music of Fletcher Henderson, Clarence Williams, and Bix Beiderbecke (to name a few) are playing in this open-ended style.

Early Jazz Artists Highlights

Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith
Fletcher Henderson
Fletcher Henderson
Fats Waller
Fats Waller
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Sidney Bechet
Sidney Bechet

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Early Jazz Album Highlights

Birth of the Hot
Jelly Roll Morton
Birth of the Hot
The Best of the Duke Ellington Centennial Edition
Duke Ellington
The Best of the Duke ...
Steppin' on the Blues
Lonnie Johnson
Steppin' on the Blues
Master Takes: Victor Sessions (1932-1943)
Sidney Bechet
Master Takes: Victor ...
Carolina Shout [ASV/Living Era]
James P. Johnson
Carolina Shout [ASV/Living ...
The Mills Brothers: The Anthology (1931-1968)
The Mills Brothers
The Mills Brothers: The ...

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Early Jazz Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Black Bottom Stomp Jelly Roll Morton
Black and Tan Fantasy Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Got the Blues for Murder Only Lonnie Johnson
Backwater Blues James P. Johnson / Bessie Smith
Cab Driver The Mills Brothers
One O'Clock Jump Count Basie
Cotton Tail Duke Ellington
Echoes of Harlem Duke Ellington
Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me Louis Armstrong / Duke Ellington
A Monday Date Louis Armstrong

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