New Orleans Rhythm Kings

The New Orleans Rhythm Kings (NORK) were one of the most influential jazz bands of the early to mid-1920s. The band included New Orleans and Chicago musicians who helped shape Chicago jazz and influenced many younger jazz musicians.

The New Orleans Rhythm Kings were heavily influenced by King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band and became the first group to put out a “racially mixed” Jazz record in 1923 with “Sobbing Blues”, featuring Jelly Roll Morton. 

Here are four transcriptions of the 1922 and 1923 recordings.

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