"Why is the jass music and, therefore, the jass band? As well as why is the dime novel or the grease-dripping doughnut? All are a manifestation of low streak in man’s tastes that has not yet come out in civilization’s wash. Indeed, one might go further and say is the indecent story syncopated and counter-pointed. Like the improper anecdote, also, in its youth it was listened to blushingly behind closed doors and drawn curtains, but, like all vice, it grew bolder until it dared decent surroundings, and there was tolerated because of its oddity.
In the matter of jass, New Orleans is particularly interested since this particular form of musical vice had its birth in this city-that it came, in fact, from doubtful surroundings in our slums. We do not recognize the honor of parenthood, but with such a story in circulation, it behooves us to be the last to accept the atrocity in polite society, and where it has crept in we should make a point of civic honor to suppress it. Its musical value is nil, and its possibilities for harm are great."
— An editorial on Jazz featured in the New Orleans Times-Piacyune, 1918
A Love Letter from Charlie Parker
The way I thought was wrong, having not known, it was right. Here is the proof of my feelings, Don’t hate me, love me forever: ——
Beautiful is the world, slow is one to take advantage. Wind up the world the other way. And at the start of the turning of the earth, lie my feelings for thou!
Shame on me.
I love you.”
Charlie Parker to his long-term girlfriend Chan Woods