Red Hot Peppers
Red Hot Peppers was a recording jazz band led by Jelly Roll Morton from 1926-1930. It was a seven- or eight-piece band formed in Chicago that recorded for Victor and featured the best New Orleans-style freelance musicians available, including cornetist George Mitchell, trombonist Kid Ory, clarinetists Omer Simeon and Johnny Dodds, banjoists Johnny St. Cyr and Bud Scott, double bass player John Lindsay, and drummers Andrew Hilaire and Baby Dodds.
In 1928, Morton moved to New York, where he continued to make recordings under the name Red Hot Peppers, but collaborated with musicians from his regular band or from other orchestras. By 1930, the name Red Hot Peppers was no longer used.
Recordings made by the Red Hot Peppers constituted a significant contribution to the race records industry, at its height in the 1920s and 1930s. The masterful blend of composition and improvisation demonstrated by Morton and his colleagues set a precedent for early jazz.
- "Deadman Blues" (Jelly Roll Morton) 9-21-1926 Chicago, Illinois Victor
- "Black Bottom Stomp" (Jelly Roll Morton) 9-15-1926 Chicago, Illinois Victor
- "Original Jelly-Roll Blues" (Jelly Roll Morton) 12-16-1926 Chicago, Illinois Bluebird
- "Doctor Jazz" (King Oliver / Walter Melrose) 12-16-1926 Chicago, Illinois Victor