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

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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


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[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],
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Series 12: Albums and Test PressingsAdd to your cart.
Box 16: 10 Inch AlbumsAdd to your cart.
Albums arranged by record lable and release number.
Item 1: Aeolian Vocalian: 12097Add to your cart.
"Indigo Blues" / "Oriental Jazz." "Indigo Blues" by DAbney's band with Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic. "Oriental Jazz" by the O.D.J.B.
Item 2: Columbia: 2420Add to your cart.
"Ole Miss Rag" / "The Hooking Cow Blues." Played by Handy's Orchestra.
Item 3: Good Time Jazz: EP 1011Add to your cart.
6 inch recording. "Riversie Blues" and "Cakewalkin' Blues" / "Tiger Rag" and "Come Back Sweet Papa." By Lu Watters'  Yerba Buena Jazz Band.
Item 4: The Master Sound SystemAdd to your cart.
"Tiger Rag" / A Message to the Creator of Jazz from Brian Rust. "Tiger Rag" recorded by Original Barnstormers Spasm Band (Brian Rust, Director).
Item 5: Storyville: SEP 358, 9/21/1958Add to your cart.
Jailhouse Jazzmen. "Tears" and "Papa Dip" / "Canal Street Blues" and "Southern Stomps."
Item 6: Victor: 18717Add to your cart.
"Margie" / "Palesteena." By the O.D.J.B.
Item 7: Victor: 18722Add to your cart.
"Broadway Rose" / "Sweet Mama (Papa's Getting Mad)." By the O.D.J.B.
Item 8: Victor: 18729Add to your cart.
"Home Again Blues" / "Crazy Blues." By the O.D.J.B.
Item 9: Victor: 18798Add to your cart.
"Dangerous Blues" / "Royal Garden Blues." By the O.D.J.B.
Item 10: Victor: 18850Add to your cart.
"Bow Wow Blues" / "Railroad Blues." "Bow Wow Blues" by the O.D.J.B. "Railroad Blues" by The Benson  Orchestra of Chicago.
Item 11: Victor: Test PressingAdd to your cart.
"Bluin Blues"
Item 12: Victor: Test PressingAdd to your cart.
"Jazz Band Ball"
Item 13: Victor: Test PressingAdd to your cart.
"Jazz Band Ball"
Item 14: Victor: Test PressingAdd to your cart.
"Livery/Barnyard Blues"
Item 15: Victor: Test PressingAdd to your cart.
"Sensation Rag"
Item 16: Victor: Test PressingAdd to your cart.
"Sensation Rag"
Item 17: Victor: Test PressingAdd to your cart.
"Clarinet Marmalade"
Item 18: Horst H. Lange Radio Program, 3/10/1960Add to your cart.
"Who Created Jazz?" Broadcast from Berlin.
Box 17: 12" AlbumsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Capitol Records T-573Add to your cart.
Dixieland Classics by Pee Wee Hunt.
Item 2: Columbia 748Add to your cart.
"Tiger Rag" / "Look at 'Em Doing It" by the O.D.J.B.
Item 3: Columbia: 759Add to your cart.
"Satanic Blues" / "Lasses Candy" by the O.D.J.B.
Item 4: Columbia: 804Add to your cart.
"Mammy O'Mine" / "Tell Me" by the O.D.J.B.
Item 5: Columbia: 805Add to your cart.
"My Baby's Arms" / "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" by the O.D.J.B.
Item 6: Columbia: 824Add to your cart.
"Alice Blue Gown" / "Sphinx" by the O.D.J.B.
Item 7: ColumbiaAdd to your cart.
Release number and song titles have been scratched out. The album is by the O.D.J.B.
Item 8: "Electrical Transcription"Add to your cart.
Radio recording, "Nick LaRocca & Dixieland Band." From WABC and CBS.
Item 9: The Master Sound System: 331Add to your cart.
"The Influence of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band" (broadcast 9/18/1954) / "Interview with Billy Jones." By Brian Rust.
Item 10: The Master Sound SystemAdd to your cart.
"Records for Nick LaRocca" (by Brian Rust?)
Item 11: Pathé Frères Phonograph Co.: 22086Add to your cart.
"Plantation Echoes" / "Hesitating Blues" by 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band.
Item 12: RCA Victor: 0303-1Add to your cart.
"Ostrich Walk" by the O.D.J.B.
Item 13: RCA  Victor: 0498-1Add to your cart.
"Skeleton Jangle" by the O.D.J.B.
Item 14: RCA Victor: LOC 1011Add to your cart.
Show Biz by Abel Greene and Joe Laurie, Jr. Cover annotated by LaRocca.

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[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],
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