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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (1925 – 1928)

The Hot Five was Louis Armstrong's first recording band led under his own name.

It was a typical New Orleans jazz band in instrumentation, consisting of trumpet, clarinet, and trombone backed by a rhythm section. The original jazz style leaned heavily on collective improvisation, where the three together played the lead: the played the main melody, and the and played improvised accompaniments to the melody. This tradition was continued in the Hot… read more

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