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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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Jack the Bear

Jack the Bear

(p.162) Jack the Bear
Jazz Changes

Williams Martin

Oxford University Press

Just like any other musician, Morton travelled. He frequently documented his travels. Alan Lomax's book “Mister Jelly Roll” states that during 1904, “he was constantly on the prod, using New Orleans as the base of operations . . .” The “Jack the Bear” episode started in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to Memphis, Tennessee. “Alabama Bound” carried him through many wanderings in the Gulf Coast as well as other places. When Morton was commissioned to record his “New Orleans Memories” in 1939, he included “Don't You Leave Me Here,” based on “Alabama Bound”, with an altered melody.

Keywords:   Jack the Bear, Gulf Coast, Don't You Leave Me Here, Alabama Bound, Memphis, New Orleans

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