[Dixielandjazz] Struck by a Comment NSFW

David Richoux tubaman at tubatoast.com
Tue Mar 24 23:06:36 PDT 2009

Not quite, Phil...

 From everything I have read on the subject, the closer "dirty word"  
linked to Jazz & Jass was "J*zz" / "J*ss" (or "J*zzum" / "J*ssum" )   
(or what was found on the "Famous Blue Dress")  - the barnyard links  
were also there, but the links to the world of prostitutes and pimps  
were much closer.

Sorry if anybody was offended by this fact, but it is pretty well  
documented! Maybe knowing the true roots of the music will bring all  
those young people to our performances (but maybe not ;-)

Dave Richoux

On Mar 24, 2009, at 7:47 PM, PHIL WILKING wrote:

> Just remember that the word "jazz" was first spelled "jass," and it  
> was far from a compliment. When used a century ago by the long  
> established musicians to characterize the music of the younger  
> generation, "jass" was a euphemism for "musical manure," that is:  
> S**T.
> Phil Wilking
> The New Orleans Banjo Rendez-Vous
> May 14, 15, & 16, 2009
> Visit www.nolabanjo.com for info
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jerry Gordon" <jerrygordon at juno.com 
> >
>> If we didn't avoid the J-word, then maybe "civilians" would begin to
>> understand some of what it encompasses.

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