[Ads-l] Possible area for JAZZ antedating

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 5 12:36:20 UTC 2015


It was the new music sensation taking the country by storm.

To coin a phrase.

JL

On Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 7:40 AM, Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:

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> 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
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> > 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:
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> http://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/jazz-a-tale-of-three-cities/
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> > 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. . .
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> ---Amy West
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