Happy Birthday to Recorded Jazz
Hear the very first jazz record
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The most important day in jazz?
That’s a tough one, but one day surely belongs in the Top Ten.
February 26, 1917 – 101 years ago.
That’s the day the first time jazz was ever recorded.
Here’s the story – and the music.
The Victor Talking Machine Company recorded these tracks at its studio at 46 West 38th Street on the 12th floor.
The band recorded: The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
How did the record do?
Over one million sold. A smash hit in any era, but in 1917 when recording was new it was a world changer.
Here our friend Jim Eigo reminds of what the golden age of jazz records stores was like in the Big Apple.