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  • Robert Greenwood
    ... The best source of information concerning Dave Nelson is almost certainly: Dave Nelson And Others: Essays in Historical and Discographical Jazz Research by
    Message 1 of 69 , Apr 30 2:39 AM
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      --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Dan Van Landingham
      <danvanlandingham@...> wrote:
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      > Please tell me more about Dave Nelson.

      The best source of information concerning Dave Nelson is almost
      certainly:
      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
      9YP).
      v + 77 pages. Price: 10 pounds including post & packing to UK & EU,
      11 pounds
      to elsewhere. Sterling cheques to Cygnet Productions, sterling or
      equivalent
      Euros cash acceptable.

      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.
      Robert Greenwood.
    • Bob Eagle
      I may have found the relationship between King Oliver and Dave Nelson. Oliver married Estelle Stella Dominick in 1911. Dave Nelson was born Davidson C.
      Message 69 of 69 , Jul 21, 2008
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        I 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.

        Bob


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