Our History

The Hogan Jazz Archive is the leading research center for the study of New Orleans jazz and related musical genres, including New Orleans ragtime, gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, and Creole songs. Among its holdings are 2,000 reels of oral history interviews with musicians, family members, and observers that document the stories surrounding the emergence of jazz in New Orleans from the late 19th century forward. Other holdings include sound recordings, film, photography, sheet music, personal papers, records of the American Federation of Musicians local 174-496, ephemera, and realia.

Jazz Archivist

  • Picture of Kid Thomas at a Shell Station

    Our latest issue! Featuring articles by Elijah Wald, Björn Bärnheim, Wayne D. Shirley, Royliene Montrell Johnson, and John McCusker.

  • Jazz Archivist - Volume 30, Number 1

    Featuring "Unvraveling the Dawn of Recorded Jazz" by David Sager and "How Did the ODJB Learn to Play 'Livery Stable Blues?'" by Vic Hobson

  • King Oliver Band

    Featuring Dr. Michael White: My Years among the Elders (1980-1995)

  • Concert goers

    Featuring, Did Louis Armstrong "Flee" from Chicago in 1931?, by Björn Bärnheim, and Jerry Brock's Baby Doll Addendum and Mardi Gras '49.

  • Jazz Archivist - Volume 23, Number 1

    Featuring, Dr. Michael White: The Doc Paulin Years.

Music Rising at Tulane

Through collaboration with Music Rising at Tulane University, many Hogan Jazz Archive Oral Histories are now available streaming online. For the first time, one can hear the voices and the stories of early Jazz men and women from anywhere in the world.

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