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Jelly Roll Morton

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Birthday
20, 1890
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Jul 10, 1941 (50)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
20, 1890
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Jul 10, 1941 (50)

About

First great jazz composer whose "Jelly Roll Blues" became the first jazz composition to be published. He was also jazz's first arranger.

Before Fame

He was heavily influenced by Tony Jackson. He began touring the American South in minstrel shows in 1904.

Trivia

He became known for writing "Wolverine Blues," "Black Bottom Stomp," and "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say," as well as pioneering the Spanish tinge.

Family Life

He was born to F.P. Lamothe and Louise Monette. His parents were never married and instead had a common-law marriage. He convinced his religious mother that he was a night watchman at a barrel factory when he was really playing piano at a brothel. He married Mabel Bertrand in 1928.

Associated With

He recorded alongside clarinetist Artie Shaw.