The Guardian’s 50 great moments in jazz

Just a note on an interesting 50 part series that kicked off on the Grauniad website today, a selection of fifty of the most significant recordings in jazz history, selected by John Fordham. It kicks off, reasonably enough, with the first jazz recording ever made – “Livery Stable Blues” by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. They were a white band doing a sanitised version of a black sound – a bit like Elvis I suppose!

One of the first comments on the piece mentions a song by Byron Harlan and Arthur Collins called “That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland” and recorded in 1916, the year before the ODJB record. It’s a comedy music hall number, not a jazz tune as such, but includes a painful approximation of a jazz troupe by an orchestra who clearly haven’t got a clue what they’re doing. Anyway, that little curiosity can be found on the Internet Archive, right here.

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