Jelly Roll Morton
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1885-10-20
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Biography

His publicity photos claimed he was the 'originator of jazz and stomps', an example of the kind of outrageous and colourful statement frequently associated with this most colourful of jazz characters. Morton was born Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe in New Orleans, ...

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Biography

His publicity photos claimed he was the 'originator of jazz and stomps', an example of the kind of outrageous and colourful statement frequently associated with this most colourful of jazz characters. Morton was born Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe in New Orleans, and he grew up in that city's creole society.

After leaving his hometown in 1907 to become a wandering pianist, he seldom returned there, yet his subsequent music was to include some of the most brilliant examples of what is now known as New Orleans jazz. From 1907-1922 he criss-crossed the United States, drawing in a wide range of musical influence, and becoming fully aware of the emergence of jazz.

By the end of that period, he was based on the West Coast, where he not only played, but began publishing his compositions. In 1923 he moved to Chicago and soon began a series of outstanding recordings both as a pianist and with various bands.

His solo piano work marks a vital phase in the transition from ragtime to jazz, but Morton also incorporated many of the rhythmic ideas of his Hispanic Creole heritage. His band discs, notably those from 1926-7 with his Red Hot Peppers, are classic examples of the New Orleans ensemble style, with trumpet, clarinet and trombone parts weaving together in collective improvisation.

But Morton also arranged his recorded performances to fit the playing time of the 78 rpm disc - thereby adding a new skill to that of the composer and arranger. He became the first jazz composer to exploit the record as an aspect of his composing. With the end of the golden age of Chicago jazz and the onset of the depression in 1929, Morton moved to New York, but his career declined and he was seen by many as a loudmouthed has-been.

He proved his critics wrong, both with a marvellous series of autobiographical discs made for the Library of Congress in 1938 that build up a fascinating portrait of turn-of-the century New Orleans and its music, and also in further sets of band discs from 1939 and 1941. He died just as the revival of interest in New Orleans jazz was about to get under way.



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The Gil Evans Orchestra & Jelly Roll Morton
King Porter Stomp
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King Porter Stomp King Porter Stomp King Porter Stomp King Porter Stomp
Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers & Jelly Roll Morton
Doctor Jazz
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Doctor Jazz Doctor Jazz Doctor Jazz Doctor Jazz
Jelly Roll Morton, Henry “Red” Allen, Joe Britton, Albert Nicholas, Wellman Braud, Zutty Singleton & Eddie Williams
Good Old New York
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Good Old New York Good Old New York Good Old New York Good Old New York
Roy Palmer, Tommy Ladnier, Jelly Roll Morton, Jelly Roll Morton, Original Washboard Band with Jasper Taylor, Wilson Towns & Arville Harris
Muddy Water Blues
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Muddy Water Blues Muddy Water Blues Muddy Water Blues Muddy Water Blues
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Black Bottom Stomp
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Black Bottom Stomp Black Bottom Stomp Black Bottom Stomp Black Bottom Stomp
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Dead Man Blues
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Dead Man Blues Dead Man Blues Dead Man Blues Dead Man Blues
Paul Barnes, Joe Thomas, Walter Thomas, Rod Rodriguez, Boyd Rosser, Jelly Roll Morton, Walter Briscoe, Charlie Irvis, George Baquet, Barney Alexander, Harry Prather & William Laws
Burnin' The Iceberg
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Burnin' The Iceberg Burnin' The Iceberg Burnin' The Iceberg Burnin' The Iceberg

Burnin' The Iceberg

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Paul Barnes, Joe Thomas, Walter Thomas, Rod Rodriguez, Boyd Rosser, Jelly Roll Morton, Walter Briscoe, Charlie Irvis, George Baquet, Barney Alexander, Harry Prather & William Laws
Jelly Roll Morton
Mamie's Blues
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Mamie's Blues Mamie's Blues Mamie's Blues Mamie's Blues
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Each Day
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Each Day Each Day Each Day Each Day
Jelly Roll Morton & Jelly Roll Morton
The Pearls
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The Pearls The Pearls The Pearls The Pearls
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Creepy Feeling
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Creepy Feeling Creepy Feeling Creepy Feeling Creepy Feeling
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I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
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I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
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Burning The Iceberg
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Burning The Iceberg Burning The Iceberg Burning The Iceberg Burning The Iceberg
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Freakish
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Freakish Freakish Freakish Freakish
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Sweet Substitute
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Sweet Substitute Sweet Substitute Sweet Substitute Sweet Substitute
Jelly Roll Morton & Jelly Roll Morton
Dr Jazz
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Dr Jazz Dr Jazz Dr Jazz Dr Jazz
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The Animule Dance, Pt. 1 & 2.
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The Animule Dance, Pt. 1 & 2. The Animule Dance, Pt. 1 & 2. The Animule Dance, Pt. 1 & 2. The Animule Dance, Pt. 1 & 2.
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The Crave
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The Crave The Crave The Crave The Crave
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Kansas City Stomps
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Kansas City Stomps Kansas City Stomps Kansas City Stomps Kansas City Stomps
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Smoke House Blues
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Smoke House Blues Smoke House Blues Smoke House Blues Smoke House Blues
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Midnight Mama
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Midnight Mama Midnight Mama Midnight Mama Midnight Mama
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Original Rags
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Original Rags Original Rags Original Rags Original Rags
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Pretty Lil
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Pretty Lil Pretty Lil Pretty Lil Pretty Lil
Jelly Roll Morton & Jelly Roll Morton
Grandpa's Spells
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Grandpa's Spells Grandpa's Spells Grandpa's Spells Grandpa's Spells
Jelly Roll Morton & Jelly Roll Morton
Sidewalk Blues
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Sidewalk Blues Sidewalk Blues Sidewalk Blues Sidewalk Blues
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The Chant
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The Chant The Chant The Chant The Chant
Jelly Roll Morton & Jelly Roll Morton
Wolverine Blues
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Wolverine Blues Wolverine Blues Wolverine Blues Wolverine Blues
Jelly Roll Morton & Jelly Roll Morton
Perfect Rag
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Perfect Rag Perfect Rag Perfect Rag Perfect Rag
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