Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five: recordings of 1925-1928 (.ra audio files)

(above) The inscription, top left reads: “Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, Exclusive Okeh Record Artists”

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, 1926. Left to right: Louis Armstrong at piano holding trumpet, Johnny St. Cyr with banjo, Johnny Dodds, Kid Ory, Lil Hardin Armstrong. American jazz band.

(above, 2nd photo) from left: Louis Armstrong, Johnny St. Cyr, Johnny Dodds, Kid Ory, and Lil Hardin Armstrong

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five (c.1925) from left_Johnny St. Cyr, Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, Lil Hardin-Armstrong_01_hx15

(above, 3rd photo) standing left to right: Johnny St. Cyr, Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, Lil Hardin Armstrong, c. late 1925

Regarding the three photos above. The only date I’ve seen is an estimate of  “more like late 1925.” According to the Louisiana State Museum Jazz Collection, the bottom photo is by Duncan P. Schiedt. Judging by the clothing and background common to all three photos, and the inscriptions on two of them, they may have all been taken during the same photo session.

See also Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, 1926 selections, in video format (formerly in “1926 standards and hits, part 2”).

All recordings made in Chicago for the Okeh Record label, a subsidiary of Columbia Records from 1926 on.

Suggested media player: Media Player Classic Home Cinema

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1925

12 November 1925

Gut Bucket Blues
(Louis Armstrong)

Yes! I’m in the Barrel
(Louis Armstrong)

My Heart
(Lil Hardin)

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1926

22 February 1926

Come Back Sweet Papa
(Paul Barbarin / Luis Russell)

26 February 1926

Heebie Jeebies
vocal chorus by Louis Armstrong
(Boyd Atkins)

Muskrat Ramble
(Kid Ory)

Cornet Chop Suey
(Louis Armstrong)

Georgia Grind
vocal chorus by Louis Armstrong and Lillian Armstrong
(Spencer Williams)

Don’t Forget To Mess Around
vocal chorus by Louis Armstrong
(Paul Barbarin)

Oriental Strut
(Johnny St. Cyr)

Sunset Cafe Stomp
(From “Sunset Cafe Revue”)
Vocal Chorus By May Alix
(Percy Venable / Louis Armstrong)

You’re Next
(Louis Armstrong)

16 June 1926

Dropin’ Shucks
vocal chorus by Louis Armstrong
(Lil Hardin)

Big Butter and Egg Man
vocal chorus by May Alix
(Percy Venable / Louis Armstrong)

I’m Gonna Gitcha
vocal chorus by Louis Armstrong
(Lil Hardin)

Jazz Lips
(Lil Hardin / Louis Armstrong / S. Robbin)

Skid-Dat-De-Dat
Scat Chorus by Louis Armstrong
(Lil Hardin)

Who’sit
(Richard M. Jones)

23 June 1926

Big Fat Ma And Skinny Pa
vocal chorus by Louis Armstrong
(Richard M. Jones)

The King Of The Zulus
(At A Chit’ Lin’ Rag)

talk by Clarence Babcock
(Lil Hardin)

Sweet Little Papa
(Kid Ory)

18 July 1926

He Like It Slow
  (presently unavailable)
vocal duet Butterbeans and Susie
(W. Benton Overstreet)

23 July 1926

Lonesome Blues
vocal chorus by Louis Armstrong
(Lil Hardin)

27 November 1926

Irish Black Bottom
(Percy Venable)

You Made Me Love You
(Percy Venable / Louis Armstrong)

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1927

2 September 1927

Put ‘Em Down Blues
(E. Bennett)

Ory’s Creole Trombone
(Kid Ory)

12 September 1927

Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
(Lil Hardin)

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Lonnie Johnson plays guitar on the following December 1927 tracks: I’m Not Rough, Hotter Than That, and Savoy Blues.

9 December 1927

Got No Blues
(Lil Hardin)

10 December 1927

I’m Not Rough
(Lil Hardin / Louis Armstrong)

12 December 1927

Once In A While
(Butler)

13 December 1927

Hotter Than That
(Lil Hardin)

Savoy Blues
(Kid Ory)

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1928

According to The Red Hot Jazz Archive, “Earl Hines plays piano on all of the 1928 sessions, and the beautiful celeste parts on Basin Street Blues.”

29 June 1928

Knee Drops
(Lil Hardin)

No Papa No
(Victoria Spivey)

29 June 1928

Squeeze Me
(Clarence Williams / Thomas Waller)

Two Deuces
(Lil Hardin)

27 July 1928

A Monday Date
(Earl Hines)

Fireworks
(Spencer Williams)

Skip The Gutter
(Spencer Williams)

28 July 1928

West End Blues
(King Oliver)

4 December 1928

Basin Street Blues
(Spencer Williams)

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