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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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Mamie's Blues

Mamie's Blues

Chapter:
(p.154) Mamie's Blues
Source:
Jazz Changes
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Williams Martin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0022

“Mamie's Blues” was, at first, an almost incidental part of Morton's memories about New Orleans. He later made it into one of his most beautiful blues, with a gentleness and delicacy that was unique. It was a more robust record, a mood more appropriate to the afternoons when he heard Mamie Desdume play it. The bass showed tango which came to be called “boogie woogie”. The stanzas were a perfect mix of feminine feeling, pride, and practicality.

Keywords:   Mamie's Blues, New Orleans, Mamie Desdume, boogie woogie, tango

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