RE: [RedHotJazz] Blind Willie's Gin
- Searching for Dorsey trumpet, I have alighted upon the Cotton Pickers
sessions of 1929. The session of 27 March --surely also racially
ambiguous -- has trumpet work extremely close to that on the Willies. I
especially cite the muted trumpet solo at about 1-08 on ' Rampart Street
Blues' (A). Is there any doubt this is Dorsey ?
My Rust has Carmichael and Lambert as vocal on 'Saint Louis Gal' who it is
certainly not. I guess then it is Holman & Hare ?
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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.
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