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Tiger rag (1917)


Tiger Rag is a mythical standard, as it is one of the most often performed pieces in jazz history. In 1917 it became one of the first jazz works to be recorded, and gave rise to considerable controversy: that year, the Original Dixieland Jass Band (the inspiration behind the Canal Street Jazz Band) released their recording of the work. However, its melody had been performed, with variations, by other musicians from New Orleans, who reclaimed its “paternity”. This was the case with Jelly Roll Morton, who claimed to have composed it, basing part of it on the theme from an old “French quadrille” (a type of dance derived from the French contredanses of the eighteenth century).

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