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Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy: Gennett Studios and the Birth of Recorded Jazz

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Some of the earliest performances by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Bix Beiderbecke were preserved on recordings produced at Gennett Studios, an independent company in the small city of Richmond, Indiana. In a primitive studio next to the railroad tracks, many of America's earliest jazz, blues, and country musicians were captured on wax discs. It was here that Hoagy Carmichael's timeless "Stardust" debuted as a dance stomp. In 1915, the Gennett family, the ...

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