early cite for "jass" band(1916)
SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Wed Apr 21 05:08:46 UTC 2004
While not an antedating(although it's right in there) I assume it helps to fill in the gaps. I don't think we'll truly find significant earlier cites until Chicago papers(and hopefully New Orleans someday) make it into a searchable database.
Fred Shapiro asked in a 2003 post http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0312C&L=ads-l&P=R3757
about the earliest cite for the music sense of "jazz/jass" or any variant. He cited the 27 Oct. 1916 Variety listing in HDAS. And then offered that in a book, there was mention of a Sept. 30, 1916 Chicago Defender article talking about a 'jass band'.
16 Oct. 1916, _Indianapolis(IN) Star_ 4/2
<<The Jass Band, which will be heard all this week as the added attraction, is unquestionably a "musical riot." Ragtime is its speciality, and it is played in such a way that even the most sedate will find it hard to keep their feet still.>>
This was an article about shows at a local theater. There were three additional items in the next week about the band. The next day there was an ad proclaiming
<<Extra special attraction/ Wickliffe's Ginger JASS BAND/Kings of Syncopation>>
At the end of the week, an article said
<<The Jass Band, which has created such a sensation, will be seen another week and an entire new program of popular dance airs will be given.>>
The rest, as they say, is history.
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