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Website update - 3 items of great historical interest

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  • Mike Meddings
    Hello all, The website has been updated with 3 items of great historical interest to devotees of Jelly Roll Morton and J. Lawrence Cook. Genealogist Peter
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 13, 2007
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      Hello all,

      The website has been updated with 3 items of great historical
      interest to devotees of Jelly Roll Morton and J. Lawrence Cook.

      Genealogist Peter Hanley sends an article on Sammy (Sam) Davis), who
      Jelly Roll recalled on the Library of Congress recordings as, "One of
      the greatest manipulators, I guess I've ever seen in the history of
      the world on a piano". This accompanies Davis's WW1 draft
      registration card.

      Prof. Lawrence Gushee and Dr. Charles Nolan, Archivist of the
      Archdiocese, send details of an entry from the Baptismal Register of
      St. Joseph's Church, Tulane Avenue, New Orleans for Ferdinand Joseph
      Lemott (Lamothe). Also included is Jelly Roll's Certificate of
      Baptism. Accompanying the above is a stunning photograph of St.
      Joseph's Church, courtesy of New Orleans historian Mark J. Plotkin
      Ph.D.

      Prof. Brian Dolan and Prof. Alan Wallace send the 5th in a series of
      articles written by J. Lawrence Cook for the International Musician
      magazine, dated June 1941. Mention of Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson and
      Art Tatum. The article also includes scans of hand-written music
      examples by Cook.

      The above items can be accessed from the grey UPDATED BOX at:

      http://www.doctorjazz.co.uk/

      Future articles and WW1 draft registration cards will include : Zez
      Confrey, Joseph Lamb, Lester Melrose, Warren "Baby" Dodds, Fletcher
      Henderson, Lee S. Roberts and Percy Wenrich.

      Musically yours

      Mike.
    • spacelights
      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
      Message 2 of 2 , 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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