Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Jazz has been a part of our world for near 100 years. It started from the dark alleys and houses of ill repute. I remember hearing Eubie Blake talk about his youth and playing in as he called them, houses of ill repute. A whore house to be more general. But it was in that environmental that much of this music got its start. Once it got its claws on us, it has never let go.
But the term Jass or getting Jassed had a decidedly sexual connotation. There is no set story to how it got its name but one can say it always was on a more deviant bend. The term originally offended people and finally by 1919 everyone was pretty much using Jazz as the name for this music, rather than its original JASS.
I thought it would be fun to show two examples that today are rather rare of the use of the word JASS on record. Today when you hear Jazz, remember it came from another word all together. Back when everyone was trying to figure what this new and wonderful music was.