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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

(p.154) Mamie's Blues
Jazz Changes

Williams Martin

Oxford University Press

“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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