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    National Historical Park New Jersey

Jazz, Blues and Dance Bands

Johnson "jass" blues - fox trot
Performed by: Friscoe "Jass" Band
Composed by: E. Arnold Johnson
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 5553-C-2-1
Recording date: May 10, 1917
Release number: 50470-L
Release date: July 1918
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 41060

Jazz de luxe - fox trot
Performed by: Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band
Composed by: Earl Fuller
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 6224-C-4-1
Recording date: 1919
Release number: 50541-R
Release date: August 1919
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 42041

Sensation jazz - one-step
Performed by: The All Star Trio - saxophone, xylophone and piano
Composed by: Dixieland Jazz Band
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 6544-C-3-1
Recording date: 1919
Release number: 50541-L
Release date: August 1919
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 42041

Dixieland - one-step
Performed by: Lopez and Hamilton's Kings of Harmony
Composed by: Dixieland Jazz Band
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc test pressing
Matrix number: 7100-C-1-1
Recording date: 1920
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 76857

Blues my naughty sweetie gives to me
Performed by: Raderman's Jazz Orchestra
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc test pressing
Matrix number: 7108-C-1-1
Recording date: 1920
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 76868

The St. Louis blues
Performed by: Frank Ferera and John Paaluhi - Hawaiian guitar duet
Composed by: W.C. Handy
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc test pressing
Matrix number: 10561-A-1-1
Recording date: September 04, 1925
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 78255

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Records

In order to compete with his competitor, Edison created the Long Playing Disc. A 10 inch LP was able to play 24 minutes of music and the 12 inch LP was able to play 40 minutes of music. This record had a larger amount of play time compared to the 5 minute Victorian records.