I’ve been reading with pleasure Samuel Charters’ new expanded version of his book on New Orleans jazz, A TRUMPET AROUND THE CORNER (University Press of Mississippi). Many wonderful anecdotes and stories – – – but this one stopped me in my tracks.
In a nice way, you understand.
In 1969, the jazz scholar William Russell spoke with Frances Oliver, the younger sister of Jelly Roll Morton. Frances explained the family genealogy to Russell:
My brother and both I got our large Jewish noses from our great grandmother Mimi, who was a German Jew–Felice Schmidt, so, of course we’re Jewish.
Learning that Louis was actually born on August 4, 1901 has nothing on this!