JAZZ COMES TO NEW YORK (1917)
A gallery of early jazz band advertisements
The phenomenal success of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band at Reisenweber's in February 1917, followed by the release of their first 78 records a short time later, caused an influx of other so-called jazz bands into New York—some of them historically significant, some just noisy novelty acts.
of the archaic spelling "Jass" was a Victor affectation. In
New York, as the ads confirm, it was "Jazz" from the start.
One of the first
New York advertisements for the Original Dixieland Jazz Band,
was soon mentioning the ODJB by name.
touring Original Creole [Ragtime] Band, with legendary cornetist
Frisco Jazz Band, led by xylophonist Lou Chiha, was one of many
white group that included Jimmie Durante as frontman and pianist at the time, the New Orleans Jazz Band made its first records for Gennett in 1918.
Lewis got his start fronting the novelty jazz band at Rector's,
polite side of jazz: Ted Lewis and the ODBJ play for afternoon tea dances.
O. Ward's Jazz Band was one of many long-forgotten groups that came
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