Slowly, slowly, beginning last summer, some of the songs mentioned in Robert Palmer's Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta (1981) have been showing up here. I took a side trip to check out the musicians who appear on an album Palmer mentions: Let's Get Loose: Folk and Popular Blues Styles from the Beginnings to the Early 1940s (New World Records, 1978). Now . . . back to Palmer.
He says a group called the Original Dixieland Jass Band made the first jazz recording in 1917, but he cares so little for jazz that he does not name the song. It is "Livery Stable Blues," and here is the recording courtesy of archive.org.
The flip side was the "Dixieland Jass Band One-Step:"
The first recorded song to use the word "jazz" was Collins and Harlan's "That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland," which was released shortly before the songs here, but that song sounds nothing like jazz.
Palmer tarries only briefly to nod in the direction of jazz and then returns quickly to blues history.