[Dixielandjazz] Re: Jews and Jazz
bhaesler at bigpond.net.au
Thu Oct 6 15:57:12 PDT 2005
> I don't see anyone mentioning it but apparently there's an urban legend
floating around that Harry James was Jewish, which is not correct.<
Carl A. Hällström (always a reliable source) mentioned this early in the
I had not heard the claim before.
I have just checked the recent Paul J Levinson book ('Trumpet Blues. The
Life of Harry James'. 1999. Oxford University Press).
No mention of a James' family Jewish connection.
His father was born in New Orleans.
His mother was a Catholic and Harry was baptised and educated (for a time)
at St Anthony's Catholic School in Beaumont Texas, where this circus family
On his death bed he received communion from Father William Kenny, pastor of
Christ The King Catholic Church.
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