First appearance of the word on sheet music: Clarence Williams' Brown Skin, Who You For? described as a 'jazz song' in 1915.
Backhanded compliment: 'The way jazz is performed is always more important than what is being played' (Andre Previn).
Typical first names for jazz or blues singers: Art, Django, Fats, Leadbelly, T-Bone, Count, Duke.
Unlikely first names for jazz or blues singers: Kevin, Wolfgang, Thins, Entrecote, Viscount, Baronet.
Real name of Jelly Roll Morton: Ferdinand Lemott.
Real name of Bix Beiderbecke: Leon Bix Beiderbecke.
Why Ernest Evans changed his name to Chubby Checker: In homage to Fats (originally Antoine) Domino.
Results of Tommy Dorsey's band playing in Philadelphia zoo in 1940: the monkeys were reported to be unimpressed.
Most grammatically perplexing opening line: 'Is you is or is you ain't my baby?'Reuse content