Re: Dave Nelson
- View Source--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Dan Van Landingham
>The best source of information concerning Dave Nelson is almost
> Please tell me more about Dave Nelson.
Dave Nelson And Others: Essays in Historical and Discographical Jazz
Research by Christopher Hillman and Roy Middleton with Richard Rains,
published by Cygnet Productions (P.O. Box 4, Tavistock, England, PL19
v + 77 pages. Price: 10 pounds including post & packing to UK & EU,
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A search of the recent archive of this list will reveal a long-
running debate concerning the identity of the trumpeters heard on the
later King Oliver recordings, as well as a similar debate surrounding
the mystery trumpeter heard on the Blind Willie Dunn session. This
controversy predates this list, of course, and is set to run and run
without it being possible to reach any any definitive conclusions.
- View SourceI may have found the relationship between King Oliver and Dave Nelson.
Oliver married Estelle "Stella" Dominick in 1911.
Dave Nelson was born Davidson C. Nelson in Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, in about 1902, a son of Daniel C. Nelson and his (second) wife, Ella E. Nelson, both school teachers. Ella was born May 1873, according to the 1900 census.
The 1920 census shows Dave's parents in New Orleans, with Daniel's father-in-law, Jacob Davison (sic: aged 74) living with them. It seems that Davidson was Ella's maiden name and that the family name inspired Dave's given name.
However in the 1880 census, Ella Davidson (aged 7) was living with the family of John Dominic (50), his wife Francis (sic: 23) and their son Andrew (3). Her relationship to the family is not stated but she was possibly a relative of Frances.
So, the relationship between Joe Oliver and Dave Nelson seems to be through the Dominic(k) family connection. Precisely what the relationship is, is still unknown.
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