Today is the 100th anniversary of the first recording of the music we call jazz. The Original Dixieland Jass Band went to New York and recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Company on February 26, 1917. Not long into the 1920s, the preferred spelling became â€jazz.â€ By the end of the twenties another young New Orleanian, Louis Armstrong, moved to Chicago and the music rapidly developed sophistication as a soloistâ€™s art. Nonetheless, and regardless of arguments over the quality of the their music, the ODJB were the first jazz performers whose efforts were preserved on wax. Cornetist Nick LRocca was the leader, with Eddie Edwards, trombone; Larry Shields, clarinet; Henry Ragas, piano; and Ton Sbarbaro, drums. Their first record released had â€œLivery Stable Blues” on side A and â€œThe Original Dixieland Jass Band One Stepâ€ on Side B.
Hereâ€™s to the second century and the recordings to come.