Harlem Jazz, 1930

Harlem Jazz, 1930 is a compilation album of phonograph records assembled by Brunswick Records during the American Federation of Musicians strike, cataloguing the effect of the Harlem Renaissance on what was known as Dixieland, or "hot" jazz in New York City. The album features venues the orchestras played at the time of the recordings, such as Connie's Inn or The Cotton Club.

Harlem Jazz, 1930
Compilation album by
Releasedmid-October 1943
GenreEarly swing, Ellingtonian jazz
Duke Ellington chronology
Vol. One

Harlem Jazz, 1930

Don Redman chronology
Harlem Jazz,

A Study in Frustration
Fletcher Henderson chronology
Gems of Jazz
Vol. 4

Harlem Jazz,

Asch Records Presents
Luis Russell chronology
Harlem Jazz,

New Orleans Jazz


Harlem Jazz, 1930 was welcomed in Billboard magazine:

The spontaneous jazz of the early and turbulent '30s, in the speakeasy era when the New York Harlem sector jumped and Duke Ellington reigned supreme and most rhythmically at the Cotton Club, this package of eight sides represents still another chapter in the history of jazz... the selected sides bring back the memories of the reckless abandon in rhythm that characterized the playing of Don Redman at Connie's Inn, represented here in the Chant of the Weed theme and Shakin' the African, and stemming from the same Harlem hottery, Fletcher Henderson for Radio Rhythm and Just Blues. Completing the session is Luis Russell, then at the Saratoga Club, for Saratoga Swing and Case on Dawn.[1]

According to Joel Whitburn, the only charting song of the set was Redman's "Chant Of The Weed", which peaked at number 15 in December 1931.[2]

Track listing

These previously issued songs were featured on a 4-disc, 78 rpm album set, Brunswick Album No. B-1009.

Disc 1: (80035)

  1. "Double Check Stomp", recorded April 22, 1930 with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.
  2. "Jolly Wog", recorded September 13, 1929 with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.[3]

Disc 2: (80036)

  1. "Chant Of The Weed", recorded September 24, 1931 with Don Redman and His Orchestra.
  2. "Shakin' The African", recorded October 15, 1931 with Don Redman and His Orchestra.[3]

Disc 3: (80037)

  1. "Just Blues", recorded April 24, 1931 with Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra.
  2. "Radio Rhythm", recorded July 17, 1931 with Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra.[3]

Disc 4: (80038)

  1. "Saratoga Drag", recorded December 17, 1930 with Luis Russell and His Orchestra.
  2. "Case On Dawn", recorded December 17, 1930 with Luis Russell and His Orchestra.[3]


  1. "On The Records". Google Books. The Billboard. 23 October 1943. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2015). Pop Memories, The History of American Popular Music 1900-1940.
  3. "Brunswick 80000 Re-Issue series - numerical listing". 78discography.com. The Online Discographical Project. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
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