Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca papers, 1885-1961 | Hogan Jazz Archive

By Samantha Bruner

Collection Overview

Title: Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca papers, 1885-1961Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1915-1961

ID: HJA/MS 008

Primary Creator: LaRocca, Nick

Extent: 100.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The materials have been arranged into twelve series according to medium or subject: newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, journals and magazines, sheet music, publicity, business and personal documents, deposition, oversize materials, scrapbooks, books, albums and test pressings. Each series has its own box and folder list.

Date Acquired: 05/18/1960

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains newspaper clippings, fliers, posters, programs and other publicity materials, along with photographs, books, test pressings of O.D.J.B. records, correspondence and sheet music. The collection also includes five scrapbooks, created by Nick LaRocca.

Biographical Note

Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca (1889-1961) was a self-taught New Orleans cornetist who became the leader of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, which made the first recording of jazz in New York City in 1917. Based on the popularity of the recording and live performances, the O.D.J.B. became a sensation, traveling to England in 1919. After returning to the U.S. in 1920, the band broke up in 1925 and then refomed briefly from 1936-38, after which LaRocca Returned to New Orleans to resume work as a contractor.

Administrative Information

Repository: Hogan Jazz Archive

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca

Acquisition Method: Donation


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Newspaper Clippings],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1917-1960],
[Series 3: Photographs],
[Series 4: Journals and Magazines],
[Series 5: Sheet Music],
[Series 6: Publicity],
[Series 7: Business and Personal Documents],
[Series 8: Deposition],
[Series 9: Oversize Materials],
[Series 10: Scrapbooks],
[Series 11: Books],
[Series 12: Albums and Test Pressings],
[All]

Series 6: PublicityAdd to your cart.
Box 9: Programs, Flyers, Radio and Record Lists, 1916 - 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1916Add to your cart.
Item 1: Casino Gardens Card, 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at Casino Gardens, 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 3: Casino Gardens Flyer, 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Featuring "Bert Kelley's Original New Orleans Jazz Band" (O.D.J.B.) and The Famous Louisville Jug Band. Annotated by LaRocca.
Folder 2: 1917Add to your cart.
Item 1: Admission Pass (Press) for Reisenweber's Ball., 4/1/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Program: Reisenweber's Ball, 4/1/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Reisenweber's Advertisement, 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: Reisenweber's Flyer, 1917Add to your cart.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 5: Reisenweber's Afternoon Tea Dances Program, 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Silver Ball Flyer, 12/21/1917(?)Add to your cart.
Held at Webster Hall, 119 East 11 Street.
Folder 3: 1918Add to your cart.
Item 1: Invitation: Gala Entertainment for the Catholic War Fund, 3/22/1918Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Program: War Hospital Entertainment Association, 6/14/1918Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Gala at U.S. Army General Hospital No. 1 in New York City.
Item 3: Dance Card, 10/16/1918Add to your cart.
From the First Grand Ball and Banquant given by the crew of the U.S.S. Charleston. Held at the Hostel Astor. O.D.J.B. provided music. Includes a list of Ball members, committes, dance program and dinner menu.
Folder 4: 1919Add to your cart.
Item 1: Actor's Ball Flyer, 2/7/1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Actor's Ball Program, 2/7/1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Concert Program: R.M.S. Adriatic, 3/29/1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at the Palladium, 4/14/1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: Palladium Flyer, 4/21/1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Palladium Program, April 1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: "Joy Bells" Program, 4/23/1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Held at the London Hippodrome.
Item 8: Advertisement: "Joy-Bells!" Ball, 4/23/1919Add to your cart.
Item 9: Program: Knights of Columbus Dance, 6/27/1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
American students farewell dance in London.
Item 10: Program: Festival of Peace, 7/19/1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 11: Palais de Danse Dance Program, 1919Add to your cart.
Item 12: Advertisement: Palais de Danse, 1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 13: Bilboard AdvertisementAdd to your cart.
Photocopy of a photograph. Unknown location and date.
Item 14: Garrick Theatre ProgramAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: 1920Add to your cart.
Item 1: "From New Orleans to Hammersmith with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band", June 1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
From Palais Dancing News.
Item 2: Amusements: Where to Go and What to See, Week of 7/4/1920Add to your cart.
Atlantic City guidebook.
Item 3: Flyer: Gilda Gray and the O.D.J.B. at the Folies Bergere, 9/25/1919Add to your cart.
Item 4: Advertisement: Gilda Gray and the O.D.J.B. at the Folies Bergere, September 1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: Postcard: O.D.J.B. at the Folies Bergere, 1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Folies Bergere Advertisement, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 6: 1921Add to your cart.
Item 1: Advertisement: Folies Bergere, February, May 1921Add to your cart.
From Broadway Brevities.
Item 2: Advertisement: Sophie Tucker and her Five Kings of Syncopation, 5/26/1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at the Wurlitzer Building, 1921Add to your cart.
Item 4: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at Cafe LaMarne, 1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: LaMarne Billboard, 1921Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a photograph.
Item 6: Cafe LaMarne Postcard, 1921Add to your cart.
Item 7: Advertisement: Sophie Tucker and O.D.J.B. at LaMarne, 1921Add to your cart.
Item 8: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at LaMarne, 1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 9: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at LaMarne, 1921Add to your cart.
Item 10: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at LaMarne, 1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 11: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at LaMarne, 1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 12: Ball Invitation, 6/15/1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
O.D.J.B. at LaMarne.
Item 13: Boxing Match Program: Jack Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier, 7/2/1921Add to your cart.
Item 14: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at Hampton Hall, 9/29/1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
In Wilkes-Barre, Pensylvania.
Item 15: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at Willa Garden, 10/12/1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 16: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at Coliseum Hall, 10/13/1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
In York, Pensylvania.
Item 17: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at Hiemenz Auditorium, 10/15/1921Add to your cart.
In Lancaster, Pensylvania.
Item 18: Program: O.D.J.B. at Edgewood Park, 10/28/1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
In Shamokin, Pensylvania.
Item 19: Program: Bal Masque of Alpha Phi Fraternity, 2/2/1921Add to your cart.
The O.D.J.B. was one of the bands engaged for the event.
Item 20: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. in Altoona, Pennsylvania, 11/8/1921Add to your cart.
Item 21: Program: O.D.J.B. at Duquesne Garden, 11/4,11/1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 22: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at The Music HallAdd to your cart.
Unknown location.
Folder 7: 1922Add to your cart.
Item 1: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at Balconades Ballroom, 1/13/1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Autograph date is incorrect.
Item 2: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at Balconades Ballroom with Morton Dennison's Society Orchestra, 1/15/1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at Balconades Ballroom, 1/24/1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: Advertisement: Paul Whiteman and the O.D.J.B. at the Auditorium, 4/13/1922Add to your cart.
Item 5: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra, 4/18/1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at the Rosebud, May 1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: Flyer: O.D.J.B. with Rosevue Society Orchestra, 6/24/1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 8: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at Rosevue Ballroom, 6/24/1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 9: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at the Rosebud, 1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 10: Riverside Theatre Program, 10/9/1922Add to your cart.
Item 11: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at Dance de Danceland, 12/6/1922 (?)Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 12: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at Busoni's Danceland, 1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 13: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at Busoni's Danceland, 1922Add to your cart.
Three different clippings.
Item 14: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at Busoni's Danceland, 1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 15: Flyer: Oriole BathsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: 1923Add to your cart.
Item 1: Flyer: Barn Dance at Danceland, 2/28/1923Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: New York Amusements, 1/8/1923Add to your cart.
New York city guide.
Item 3: Flyer: Star Casino, 3/31/1923Add to your cart.
Lists a band under the name "Dixieland Jazz Band." Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 4: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at "Jenuine Jazz Jubilee"Add to your cart.
Item 5: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at Mechanic's Hall, Boston, 4/14/1923Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at Bangor Auditorium, 4/17/1923Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: Program Cover: Annual Banquet of the Talking Machine Men, Inc., 4/25/1923Add to your cart.
O.D.J.B. listed as one of the bands to perform. Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 8: Ticket Stub for World's Heavyweight Championship, 9/14/1923Add to your cart.
Item 9: Flyer: O.D.J.B. at the Ambassador Ballroom, 9/21/1923Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 10: Flyer: O.D.J.B. in Passaic, New Jersey, 11/3/1923Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: 1924 - 1927Add to your cart.
Item 1: Program: The Dixieland Sensations at the Rosebud  Ballroom, 4/19/1924Add to your cart.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 2: Program: Dinner in Honor of Charles A. Lindbergh, 10/8/1927Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1929 - 1931Add to your cart.
Item 1: Advertisement: Eddie Edwards and his Original Silver Slipper Orchestra at Krueger's Auditorium, 12/25/1929, 1/1/1930Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Musette Farish 1931 Dance Fete, 5/21/1931Add to your cart.
Held at the Tulane Theatre. Annotated by LaRocca. Includes a clipping from the New Orleans States  frp, 5/28/1960 entitled "One in Famous Jazz Clan Who Quit it Early."
Folder 11: 1936 - 1937Add to your cart.
Item 1: Pamphlet: Benny Goodman: Swingmaster, 1936Add to your cart.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 2: Invitation: Saturday Night Swing Club, 10/31/1936Add to your cart.
Item 3: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. with Ken Murray and Oswald, 2/12/1937Add to your cart.
Item 4: Milwaukee City Guide, 3/20/1937Add to your cart.
Item 5: Paramount Theatre Magazine Program, 5/5/1937Add to your cart.
Photocopy of original.
Item 6: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at Little Old New York, 10/12/1937Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
From The Daily News.
Item 7: Advertisement: O.D.J.B. at Orpheum Theater, 2/24/1937Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis.
Item 8: Flyer: O.D.J.B. on CBS and NBC Radio, 4/19/1937Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 12: 1949 - 1959Add to your cart.
Item 1: Flyer: George Hartman and His Dixieland Band, 5/13/1949Add to your cart.
Item 2: Reader's Digest, Vol. XI, No. 24., 2/10/1958Add to your cart.
Highlighted Article: "New Orleans Scenes Featured in Three Exhibits at Cabildo"
Item 3: Program: Isobel DeMarco on Piano, 11/12/1959Add to your cart.
Chopin Concert, Fulton Chapel. Inscribed to LaRocca by DeMarco's step-father.
Folder 13: Undated Publicity MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Card: Dabie Boyd's Triangle OrchestraAdd to your cart.
Back inscribed with an address.
Item 2: Program: O.D.J.B. at the AuditorumAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Program Fragment: Frank Farnum and the O.D.J.B.Add to your cart.
With Florence Gast in "Everybody Step."
Item 4: Advertisement for O.D.J.B.Add to your cart.
Item 5: "A Toast to John Philip Sousa"Add to your cart.
Annotation by LaRocca reads: "From this man I styled my music from his marches."
Item 6: Flyer: "Concert by Dixieland Jazz Band in Store Auditorium"Add to your cart.
Item 7: Flyer FragmentAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Cartoon from The Saturday Evening Post.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 9: Comic Strip: "The Katzenjammer Kids"Add to your cart.
Item 10: Untitled CartoonAdd to your cart.
Item 11: The Vocalion Red Record FlyerAdd to your cart.
O.D.J.B. pictured.
Folder 14: Radio TranscriptsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "The Ed Wynn Grab Bag", 7/28/1936Add to your cart.
NBC, WEAF. 9:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Item 2: "The Cavalcade of America: The Evolution of Dance Music in America", 8/26/1936Add to your cart.
Item 3: Radio Program Guide, 9/20/1936Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: "The Magic Key", 9/20/1936Add to your cart.
Radio Corporation of America, WJZ, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Item 5: "Saturday Night Swing Club", 10/31/1936Add to your cart.
Columbia Broadcasting System. 6:45-7:15 p.m. Two copies.
Item 6: Untitled Radio Show, 1937Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Tommy  Dorsey: His Trombone and His Orchestra", 1/13/1938Add to your cart.
NBC Blue Network, 9:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Item 8: Radio Guide from Radio Times, 9/25/1959Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 9: Postal Telegraph Theatre Guide Program, 10/12/?Add to your cart.
Sation Wins, 110 E. 58 Street. Interview with LaRocca.
Item 10: Radio Program Guide, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Lists the O.D.J.B. on WJZ with Ben Bernie.
Folder 15: Record AdvertisementsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "At The Jazz Band Ball" / "Ostrich Walk"Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Barnyard BluesAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Buescher InstrumentsAdd to your cart.
LaRocca and Edwards are pictured.
Item 4: "Dangerous Blues"Add to your cart.
Item 5: Frank Holton and Co. InstrumentsAdd to your cart.
LaRoca pictured.
Item 6: His Master's Voice RecordsAdd to your cart.
O.D.J.B. : B.1021 - "At the Jazz Band Ball" /  "Ostrich  Walk", B.1022 - "Bluin' the Blues" / "Sensation Rag."
Item 7: "I Never Realized"Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 8: "My Pillow and Me"Add to your cart.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 9: Original Dixieland Jazz Band Advertisement FragmentAdd to your cart.
Item 10: O.D.J.B. on Columbia RecordsAdd to your cart.
Item 11: O.D.J.B. - "The Nation's Record Makers"Add to your cart.
Item 12: "Original Dixieland One-Step"Add to your cart.
Item 13: "Ramblin' Blues"Add to your cart.
Photocopy.
Item 14: "Some Rainy Night"Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 15: "Some Rainy Night" FragmentAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 16: "Sweet Mama, Papa's Getting Mad"Add to your cart.
Photocopy.
Item 17: "Sweet Mama, Papa's Getting Mad" at Dwyer's Piano Co.Add to your cart.
Item 18: "Sweet Mama" and "Louisiana" at Dwyer's Piano  Co.Add to your cart.
Item 19: "St. Louis Blues" at Grunewald'sAdd to your cart.
Item 20: "St. Louis Blues" and "Jazz Me Blues" at Dugan Piano Co.Add to your cart.
Item 21: "New Victor Records Jass Band and other Dance Selections"Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 22: Victor Records Advertisement FragmentAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 23: "When You Hear That Dixieland Jazz Band Play"Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Record ListsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Columbia Records Catologue, 1918 -1919Add to your cart.
Item 2: "All the Latest Revues and Musical Comedies by the Original Artists on Columbia", 1919?Add to your cart.
Item 3: "New Jazz and Other Dance Music", 1919?Add to your cart.
Columbia Records
Item 4: "New Dance Records and Complete List of Dance Music", 1919?Add to your cart.
Columbia Records
Item 5: His Master's Voice New Records, September, 1919Add to your cart.
Item 6: "The Latest Dance Music on His Master's Voice", November, 1919Add to your cart.
Item 7: "His Master's Voice" -  Victor Records, May, 1921Add to your cart.
Item 8: Odeon Records, 1923Add to your cart.
Item 9: The Fabulous Fives: The Six Big Fives of Early White New York Jazz", 1959Add to your cart.
Horst H. Lange's  Discography of the O.D.J.B., Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band, Louisiana Five, New Orleans  Jazz Band, Original Memphis Five, and the Original Indiana Five.
Item 10: A "Tiger Rag" Discography, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Compiled by Horst H. Lange. Dedicated to Nick LaRocca.
Item 11: New Victor Records, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 12: "Accent on You", undatedAdd to your cart.
Center Music Store catalogue.
Item 13: Aeolian Vocalian Records Dealers' Advance List, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 14: O.D.J.B. Discography, undatedAdd to your cart.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Box 15: Oversize Publicity MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AdvertisementL Buescher InstrumentsAdd to your cart.
LaRocca pictured.
Item 2: Cartoon: Bruce Gentry, 9/30/1945Add to your cart.
Item 3: Poster: O.D.J.B. at Busoni's Danceland, 1922Add to your cart.
Item 4: Poster: O.D.J.B. at the Capitol BallroomAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: Poster: O.D.J.B. on Columbia RecordsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Program: Balconades Ballroom, 1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: Program: Palais de Danse, 1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 8: Record Advertisement: Sweet Mama, Papa's Getting MadAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Record Advertisement: VictorAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Newspaper Clippings],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1917-1960],
[Series 3: Photographs],
[Series 4: Journals and Magazines],
[Series 5: Sheet Music],
[Series 6: Publicity],
[Series 7: Business and Personal Documents],
[Series 8: Deposition],
[Series 9: Oversize Materials],
[Series 10: Scrapbooks],
[Series 11: Books],
[Series 12: Albums and Test Pressings],
[All]


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