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Fine Music is Sydney’s home of Jazz, with over 15 programs per week focusing on Jazz from its roots in the early 1900’s right up to yesterday. Expert presenters guide you through the world of Jazz with weekly programs shedding light on anything from Ragtime, Swing, Big Band, Contemporary, and more.  Australian Jazz is featured amongst Jazz from around the world. Tune in today for the wide world of Jazz!

A Piece of History

It can be very difficult to identify the beginnings of an art form, but it can be possible to find markers along the way. We recognise that jazz began in New Orleans and spread from there thanks to travelling bands and the emerging methods of recording sound. The King Oliver band moving to Chicago and sending for a young Louis Armstrong to join them, helped spread the music from the south to major city audiences in the north of the USA.

In the early days, radio stations did not even exist, so one of the most important mediums for sharing the sounds of jazz was via recordings, including those heavy 78rpm records played by a wind-up gramophone with a sharp needle and heard via a bell sound horn. Records also enabled the music to spread internationally, including to here in Australia.

Historians acknowledge that the first “Jass” record to be released was “Livery Stable Blues” and “Dixie Jass Band One Step” recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band on 26th February and released by Victor on 7th March 1917.

But was this really the first jazz record? What did these early recordings sound like?