Audio Recording Jump Jim Crow

Jump Jim Crow

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Jump Jim Crow
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Rice, Tom, 1808-1860 (Composer)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, August 27, 1966
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Clogs
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Key: D
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-2)
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QR (abac abde qrsc)
-  Compass: 11 (14 including drone on the low A on the G-string)
-  Composed by Thomas ("Daddy") Rice, 183-?
-  "Jump Jim Crow" has its origins in the minstrel stage, where the tune was used for an often extravagant or elaborate set dance. The song and dance were created by Thomas ("Daddy") Rice in the later 1830s. The published versions show connections to Henry Reed's set, but they are also different in many respects--frequently a bit rough and angular--suggesting that the folk process has extracted some grace from the angularity of the minstrel originals. The pace in this set is slower than in typical breakdown tunes, suggesting its use in a clog or other slower-paced fancy dance.
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds
-  Recording chronology: 050
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035A39
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1 (AFC 1967/007), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2 (AFC 1969/008), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Fiddle tunes of the old frontier: the Henry Reed collection online presentation (AFC 1999/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Tom Rice, and Henry Reed. Jump Jim Crow. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Rice, T. & Reed, H. (1966) Jump Jim Crow. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, et al. Jump Jim Crow. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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