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3768Re: Website update - 3 items of great historical interest

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  • spacelights
    Jan 13, 2007
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      Thank you Mike--the current state of Morton scholarship is admirable,
      indeed.

      All dates considered (and especially now the Mexican visa), a Morton
      birthdate of September 20, 1890 seems most likely (though 1889 was the
      year named by those closest to him)... I feel this does not
      invalidate Jelly's claims of jazz authorship in the first years of the
      20th century--it's not implausible that he wrote "New Orleans Blues"
      at the age of 12 or 13, especially as he openly acknowledged the
      assistance of piano teacher Frank Richards.

      Cheers,

      John
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