"Li'l Liza Jane", also known as "Little Liza Jane", "Liza Jane", and "Goodbye Liza Jane", is a song dating back at least to the 1910s. It has become a perennial standard both as a song and an instrumental in traditional jazz, folk music, and bluegrass, and versions have repeatedly appeared in other genres including rock and roll. Numerous scholars and musicologists have written about the song, and it is one of the standards of the New Orleans brass band tradition.
Book of Cultural History
In December 2023, University Press of Mississippi will publish Poor Gal: The Cultural History of Little Liza Jane in its American Made Music Series. The book, written by Dan Gutstein, presents the origins and evolution of "the 'Liza Jane' family of songs, including the most popular variant 'Li’l Liza Jane.' Likely originating among enslaved people on southern plantations, the songs are still performed and recorded centuries la