Joe Okonkwo

Author of Jazz Moon:
WINNER: 2016 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Finalist: 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction


The Jazz Singers  (1934) by Archibald Motley

The Jazz Singers (1934) by Archibald Motley

I’m Just Wild About Harry

By Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle, from the 1921 musical Shuffle Along. Recorded 1922.


By James P. Johnson, from the 1923 musical Runnin’ Wild. Recorded 1925.

Riverside Blues

By Thomas A. Dorsey & Richard M. Jones
Performed by Joe "King" Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, featuring Louis Armstrong. Recorded 1923.

St. Louis Blues

By W.C. Handy
Sung by Bessie Smith. Featuring Louis Armstrong on cornet. Recorded 1925.

Shake That Thing

Sung by Ethel Waters. Pearl Wright on piano. Recorded 1925.

Black Bottom Stomp

By Jelly Roll Morton
Performed by Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers. Recorded 1926.

Creole Love Call

Written and performed by Duke Ellington & Adelaide Hall. Recorded 1927.

Empty Bed Blues

By J.C. Johnson
Sung by Bessie Smith. Recorded 1928.

How Much Can I Stand?

Sung by Gladys Bentley. Recorded 1928.

West End Blues

By Joe "King" Oliver
Performed by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five. Recorded 1928.

Gimme a Pigfoot

Music and lyrics by Wesley Wilson
Sung by Bessie Smith. Recorded 1933.