Hot Jazz Club

Hot Jazz Club of America (U.S.A.) / c. 1948

back next

Design: The font used for the title (an 18th-century rococo design called Fournier, after a celebrated French printer) is hardly suited to the subject matter, nor is this a hot and jazzy colour combination, but as a style for an exclusive, invitation-only society, it is suitably understated.

History: Thanks for info to collector Dave Dixon of Canada who writes: "Around 1946-7 a small ad appeared in the record collector's magazine The Record Changer announcing a 78rpm reissue of the legendary King Oliver Creole Jazz Band sides from 1923. These were dubbed shellac white label pressings produced anonymously  by Brooklyn record store owner Sam Meltzer and although we didn't know it then, was the beginning of  the jazz bootleg reissue avalanche of the 1947-52 era. This first pressing was immediately sold out and quickly reissued with the familiar blue 'Hot Jazz Club Of America' label and began a series of more than 100 discs. Later issues had a yellow label and were pressed on a plastic compound with improved dubbing techniques. The RAV matrix prefix stands for Irving Ravinsky." Alternate colour scan below right courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany.

site map   era index