[Dixielandjazz] Jazz--Art--John Cage

Harold Smith s3856lpa at webtv.net
Thu Dec 4 12:19:48 PST 2003

Ach, du lieber Herr Spencer!

Somelwhere along the way (an old pop ltune, you know), you
misinterpreted the word "Ur".  It refers not to the ancient Babylonian
city you mention.  Rather, if you grab an English-German dictionary,
you'll find that the German word "Ur" means "original" or "the
prototype".  Therefore, the Cambridge use of the term
"Ur-Jazz" simply means the orginal form of Jazz in its development down
in good, old New Orleans and its environs.

Dare I say "Vielen Dank"? (Many thanks).

Regards, Harold Smith

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