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Dr. Jazz

Pioneering New Orleans cornet player Joe “King” Oliver wrote “Doctor Jazz”  in 1926.  The song has remained popular since the 1920s. Chris Barber and Harry Connick Jr. have covered it, but Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers achieved definitive heights of improvisation and collective counterpoint in this 1926 version:

 

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