The January issue of Smithsonian Magazine had a short article about the first jazz recording. Click here to read the article online. The article features a recording of “Livery Stable Blues” by the Original Dixieland ‘Jass” Band.
By the time of this recording, jazz was already familiar in places like New Orleans, and during WWI, it would get a big boost in Europe thanks to the 369th Infantry “Harlem Hellfighters” band, led by James Reese Europe. We suspect there will be reason to talk more of Europe and his band later.