[Dixielandjazz] Doctor Jazz - Jelly Roll Morton.
Fri, 27 Sep 2002 10:12:59 -0400
Here is the exact quote attributed to Jelly Roll Morton; as originally
quoted by Nat Hentoff (Village Voice) back in the 1950s, and then again
in1966 in a publication by Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff: "Hear Me Talking
To Ya: The Story of Jazz, as Told By The Men Who Made It." New York,
Dover Publications 1966.
JRM talking about Storyville:
"Something that nobody has ever seen before or since . . .The chippies
in their little-girl dresses were standing in the crib doors singing the
blues . . . Music was pouring into the streets from every house . . .
Prositiutes, some very happy, some very sad. some with the desire to end
it all by poison, some planning a big outing, a dance, or some other
kind of enjoyment. Some were real ladies in spite of their downfall and
some were habitual drunkards and some were dope fiends as follows:
opium, heroin, cocaine, laudanum, morphine, et cetera. I was personally
sent to Chinatown many times with a sealed note and a small amount of
money and would bring back several cards of 'hop' --opium."
Yeah, JRM was "Doctor Jazz" back then.