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Jelly Roll Morton (Composer)

Born: 20th October 1890, New Orleans, USA

Died: 10th July 1941, Los Angeles, USA

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. He also claimed to have invented the genre.

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