RE: [RedHotJazz] Re: Did Whiteman Steal from Oliver?
- Unfortunately, I don't have the time to look up things in my reference books, since I leave on a business trip at midday, but there is one brief comment I have:
The quote by Morton doesn't attempt to explain the emergence of jazz, it simply describes the environment in New Orleans at the time and says the music came from NO. In fact, as you know, Morton also claimed to have "invented" jazz in 1902. This was more of a personal agenda rather than political. Similarly, Nick La Rocca (I'm not sure without looking it up about the other members of the ODJB) claimed to have invented or "created" jazz, also more with personal motives, although I seem to recall charges of the "blacks" having stolen from him.
The real position of Creoles and the role they played in the emergence of jazz will have to wait, I'm afraid.
Many things we will never know for sure since the hardest evidence we have are recordings, but who recorded was dependent on a number of factors (a topic for other posts) and all of the other evidence is biased by interests of various kinds.
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> Maybe you are right but I wonder how Oliver could listen to Whiteman,Everybody bought Paul Whiteman records.
> I mean , was he allowed to enter a record store that is dedicated to
> noncolored artists music and buy records ? Or maybe he entered one of
> Whiteman's gigs ? Is it possible ?