some stuff on "jazz"

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Nov 19 05:08:06 UTC 2009

Did you find that by seaching for "jas band"?

It would take a hero to have searched just for "jas" and hunted through all of the Jameses who were abbreviating their first name.

More from me on jazz and the Hickman connection in a couple of days.  Stay tuned.


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

----- Original Message -----
From: Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 1:13 pm
Subject: Re: some stuff on "jazz"

> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 12:56 PM, George Thompson wrote:
> >
> > In any event -- this study doesn't undermine the notion that the
> word "jazz"
> > wasn't used in NO  until after the jazz fad began in Chicago and NY
> in 1917.
> Well, we now know "jazz" (or rather "jas") was used in NO in Nov.
> 1916. Still
> pretty late in the game.
> --Ben Zimmer
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