Two "jazz" articles(1919, 1927)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jan 22 19:12:43 UTC 2007

On 1/22/07, Bapopik at <Bapopik at> wrote:
> Any info on Wilhelm Wieninger?
> 15 November 1927, Frederick (MD) Post, pg. 1, col. 3:
> _Creator Of "Jazz" A Suicide._
> Munich, Bavaria, Nov. 14. (AP.)--Prof. Wilhelm Wieninger, widely known here
> as a dance music composer, committed suicide today by shooting. Prof.
> Wieninger  is credited with having been the first to use the word "jazz" in  music.

Washington Post, Nov. 15, 1927, p. 1/1
The suicide in Bavaria of Prof. Wieninger puts into the Hall of Fame
the inventor of jazz, but it comes as something of a shock to learn
that this style of music had its origin in Munich instead of Harlem.

Can't find much on Wieninger, other than that he was a cabaret
composer and went by the nickname "Wilm-Wilm". Hindemith quoted a
Wilm-Wilm foxtrot in his "Kammermusik No. 1 with Finale 1921".

There's a portrait of Wieninger here:

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