[Dixielandjazz] King Porter Stomp - was Free Jazz and its New Orleans Jazz Roots

Anton Crouch anton.crouch at optusnet.com.au
Mon Nov 9 16:10:53 PST 2009

Hello Bill, Jack and Mike

There is not necessarily a contradiction between JRM's claim of a 1905 
composition date for King Porter Stomp and a later naming of it. Morton 
had a habit of renaming compositions - eg, Soap Suds became Fickle Fay 
Creep and London Blues became Shoe Shiners Drag.

Morton's first recording of King Porter Stomp (for Gennett, 17 July 
1923) is called King Portor (sic).

All the best,

> Mike Mesddings wrote:
>> I always believed that Jelly Roll claimed the year of 1905
>> for King Porter Stomp.
>> See: http://www.doctorjazz.co.uk/portearly.html
> in reply to Jack Mitchell's admonition:
>>>> I am surprised - 1902 eh? That's the year JRM said
>>> that he invented jazz - he turned twelve on October 20, 1902.
>>> If he composed it before that date, he was only eleven.
>>> Strange that, he said he named it in honour of Porter King,
>>> whom he met years later on his travels.rences for the Dixieland Jazz 
>>> Mailing list, or to find the online archives, please visit:
> Thanks, Jack and Mike,
> I almost didn't include the controversial composition date, taken 
> conveniently from Laurie Wright's book 'Mr Jelly Lord.
> I now wish I hadn't.
> 8>)
> I should have checked Mike Medding's definitive JRM site (above).
> Mea culpa.
> Very kind regards to you both,
> Bill.

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