We’ve been fortunate to live in Kentucky, the birthplace of Bluegrass music; Alabama, the cradle of Out-Jazz via the compositions of Sun Ra; Texas, the Mesopotamia of Outlaw Country, and now, Louisiana, the nursery for a genre of music that would become known as Jazz.

On February 26th 1917, an all-white group of musicians known as The Original Dixieland Jass Band, stepped into a studio at Victor Talking Machine Company in New York City, and recorded “Livery Stable Blues.” This marked the first time that jass had ever been committed to wax. The cut would sell over a million copies (.75c retail)

Writer Christian Blauvelt, in an article for BBC, ably explores the origins of Jazz, and we highly recommend his work.

Players for The Original Dixieland Jass Band
Nick LaRocca — cornet
Eddie Edwards — trombone
Larry Shields — clarinet
Henry Ragas — piano
Tony Spargo — drums

  1. Thanks for posting this. I believe Herbert Ashbury in his book called Storyville, the redlight district of New Orleans mentions very early jazz. I can’t recall any band names right now, as it has been years since reading his book, but if recall, it started there in Storyville.

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