The first jazz recording

January 30th. The first jazz recordings in history were made on this date in 1917. The original Dixieland Jazz Band was causing a sensation at a New York night club and Columbia invited the band to record two numbers but decided not to release them.

A few weeks later, Victor also recorded the band and released the records known as the first sounds of jazz ever recorded. While the original Dixieland Jazz Band did not invent jazz and wasn't the best playing at the time, its records helped to make jazz a worldwide phenomenon. Now, Americans spend about $11.5 billion on sound recordings each year, with jazz accounting for 2 percent of the total.

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