.... in England. Here is some information about the availability of such records in 1920s Paris.
From "Making Jazz French - Music and Moderns Life in Interwar Paris" by Jeffrey H. Jackson,
Recordings spread quickly and became part of Parisian entertainment in several ways. Pathe Freres maintained a "Salon du Phonographe" on the Boulevard des Italiens ... top-hatted boulevardiers could be found day and night sampling the latest tunes... large audiences attended phonograph concerts that various companies arranged ... to introduce their latest releases. The ability of audiences to find jazz records grew as part of this more general interest in recorded music. Many record shops offered jazz music among their selections. Ultimately, stores that specialized in jazz like "La Maison du Jazz" or "La Boîte à Musique" could promise quick delivery from the United States of any titles not already in hand.
I don't want to mislead you. Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven records did not become generally known among jazz connaisseurs (Fr. sp) until about 1929. So there was a lag between the issue of hot jazz records in the US and their availability in Paris.
Undoubtedly, both in the UK and in France, the popular jazz recordings in the second half of the 1920s were those of Red Nichols and Bix Beiderbecke, not those of Louis Armstrong. For example, I quote from "Making Jazz French,"
Brun [Philippe], Panassie commented, hardly knew two or three Armstrong records and was entirley under the influence of Bix [Beiderbecke] and Jimmy McPartland ... Who do you like bettter? Bix or Red Nichols? he [Panassie] inquired, to which Brun sharply replied, "A thousand times Bix!
I have the feeling that we have not emphasized enough -in the forum- the importance of JimmyMcPartland in the second half of the 1920s. I guess we view him as a pale imitation of Bix. Let me remind you of the Dec 1927 sessions of McKenzie and Condon's Chicagoans where they waxed the seminal recordings "China Boy," "Sugar," "Nobody's Sweetheart" and "Liza." and of Ben Pollack with "Waitin' for Katie" and "Memphis Blues."
Memphis Blues http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjaFLS7Z_gM
Certainly influenced by Bix, but Jimmy was his own man.