jazz and rock'n'roll

Jeff McLeod: Can anyone help with the origins of these words? I know a little about each, but I am interested in more details. I know that rock & roll was originaly the black term for sex, and that jazz (jass) was an insult to musicians who were not in the union
Jack H. David Jr.: Possible origins of JAZZ: There was a caberet singer in Chicago named Jassbro Brown The music was played in brothels in New Orleans Prostitutes were sometimes called "Jezabels" The music became known as "Jez Music"I wrote a paper on the subject: http://www.swt.edu/~JD05049/papers/jazz.html

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