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Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton (Piano)

Born: 20th September 1890, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Died: 10th July 1941, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Nationality: American

Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton, was an American ragtime and jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer. Morton was jazz's first arranger, proving that a genre rooted in improvisation could retain its essential characteristics when notated. His composition "Jelly Roll Blues", published in 1915, was one of the first published jazz compositions. Morton also wrote "King Porter Stomp", "Wolverine Blues", "Black Bottom Stomp", and "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say", the last a tribute to New Orleans musicians from the turn of the 20th century.

Further Reading: Jelly Roll Morton

 Artist Profile, Jelly Roll Morton

Matt explores Jelly Roll Morton's recordings both as a solo pianist and with the Red Hot Peppers group.

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