[Ads-l] Possible area for JAZZ antedating

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Sun Jul 5 11:40:51 UTC 2015

On 7/5/15 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:11:09 -0400
> From:    Ben Zimmer<bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: Possible area for JAZZ antedating
> For reference, the earliest New Orleans reference to "jazz" that I've
> seen is from the Nov. 12, 1916 issue of the newspaper The New Orleans
> States (via GenealogyBank). This is two days earlier than the New
> Orleans Picayune article that I reported on here:
> http://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/jazz-a-tale-of-three-cities/
> Both articles are about New Orleans stage hands preparing a "jas
> parade" as part of their annual ball, as a way for New Orleans to
> stake its proper claim to jazz (the music, if not the word), which was
> already heavily associated with Chicago. Text of the 11/12/16 article
> follows below.
It's intriguing that there's this conscious competition for the claim to 
the thing/name already at that point. . .

---Amy West

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