Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Aug 31 23:06:43 UTC 2005

Quite B-zar, George.

Good, though!


George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: dojiee

HDAS has "Dojee see Dujy" and under Dujy it has the
definition "heroin", but with a note that the first of its
citations, "Dooji Woogie" and "King Dooji", song titles by Duke
Ellington from 1939, seem to mean something else.

Here is a quotation from Mary Lou Williams, Piano-player and
arranger/composer from Kansas City, referring to the mid 1930s:
"To top all, it was August and hot as a young girl's dojiee."

Having a dirty mind -- aren't they a delight? -- I suppose there is
some anatomical reference here. But maybe not.
Can there be a connection with the "dogie" of cowboy songs?

This is from Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix, Kansas City Jazz: From
Ragtime to Bebop -- A History, N. Y., &c.: Oxford U. Pr., 2005, p. 69,
quoting an interview with Williams published in Max Jones, Talking
Jazz, 1988, p. 184.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.


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