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The most important day in jazz?

That's a tough one, but one day surely belongs in the Top Ten.

February 26, 1917 - 100 years ago.

That's the day the first time jazz was ever recorded.

Here's the story - and the music.

The Victor Talking Machine Company recorded these tracks at its studio at 46 West 38th Street on the 12th floor.

The band recorded: The Original Dixieland Jass Band.

How did the record do?

Over one million sold. A smash hit in any era, but in 1917 when recording was new it was a world changer.

Here our friend Jim Eigo reminds of what the golden age of jazz records stores was like in the Big Apple.

"Sing, Swing and All That Jazz"

Free audio streaming of Henry Holloway's award winning radio program

For more 30s Jazz including an archive of Golden Bandstand winner Henry Holoway's radio program "Swing, Sing and All That Jazz" you can stream the program for free - here

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