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Welcome to the ODJB history and information page.
The Original Dixieland Jass Band was formed in 1916
with five talented musicians from New Orleans who were performing in Chicago.
Their early influences came from performing with the likes of Papa Jack Laine,
Braun’s Military Band and other Ragtime or society groups. They may have also
been influence by a few other bands or groups performing in and around New
Orleans during the early 1900’s. The group’s leader, Dominic James
“Nick” LaRocca, was definitely influenced by the music of the Opera House in
New Orleans and John Phillip Sousa, as these were his idols. The music they
performed and recorded was their own and the band made American music
history. It is natural for people worldwide to be proud of the accomplishments of
this great American band.
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Below is a timeline of key important
musicians/icons from New Orleans and some important information to help
understand early New Orleans jazz.
George "Papa Jack" Laine (1873) - not
recorded. Leader of a brass band in the late 1800's and early 1900's that was a
seed band for many young sidemen who became famous jazz musicians.
Buddy Bolden (1877) - not recorded and not a jazz musician as the musical
definition term did not exist during his years as a performer.
Joe "King" Oliver (1885) first recorded jazz in 1923
Edward "Kid" Ory (1886) first recorded jazz in 1922
Nick LaRocca (1889) first recorded jass in 1917 Original Dixieland Jass band ...
the very first jass recordings for both Victor and Columbia records. The band
name changed between 1918-1919 to include Jazz and they secured the name as a
musical definition term from that point forward. These first records outsold any
others until 1923 and most bands changed there size and sound to follow the
successful recordings of the ODJB.
Freddie Keppard (1889) first recorded jazz in 1926
Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1890) first recorded jazz in 1923
Sydney Bechet (1897) first recorded jazz in 1924 then under his own name in 1932
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong (1901) first recorded jazz in 1923 then under his own
name in 1925