Query: Earliest attestation of "Razzy Dazzy Jazzy Band"

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 3 23:28:13 UTC 2011

Jonathan Lighter
> Just as I was about to delete that ref. as partial and erroneous, the phone
> rang, and when I got back I sent it inadvertently. Sorry.
> Yes, I meant _The French Quarter_.  I have a copy of the book somewhere, but
> I haven't found it yet.

OK. If this is possible new information then I should also mention
that in 1936 the New York Times reviewed the Asbury book and the
reviewer mentioned the story of the "The Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band" being
renamed the "The Razzy Dazzy Jazzy Band".

In Old New Orleans: Mr. Asbury's History of the French Quarter THE
FRENCH QUARTER: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld. By
Herbert Asbury. 462 pp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $3.50. Mr. Asbury's
View of the French Quarter
New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 18 Oct 1936: 5.

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