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  PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Jelly Roll Morton
By 1926-7, Morton was recording with his Red Hot Peppers, a seven- or eight- piece band organized for recording purposes and comprised of colleagues well-versed in the New Orleans style and familiar with Morton's music.
Particularly noteworthy is the manner in which Morton provides opportunities for all the performers to contribute significant solos (usually climaxing in exultant two-bar breaks) without losing sight of overall structural unity and a balance between solo and ensemble.
Indeed, it was Benny Goodman's performance of the last-named title, in Fletcher Henderson's updated arrangement (1935), which was largely responsible for ushering in the swing era.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_morton_jelly_roll.htm   (814 words)

  Jelly Roll Morton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Morton continued playing less prosperously in New York, briefly had a radio show in 1934, then was reduced to touring in the band of a traveling burlesque act.
Morton's "Jelly Roll" nickname is a sexual reference and many of his lyrics from his Storyville days were vulgar.
Morton was aware that having been born in 1890, he was slightly too young to make a good case for himself as the actual inventor of jazz, and so presented himself as five years older.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jelly_Roll_Morton   (1324 words)

 Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly Roll Morton is a seminal figure in the birth and development of jazz in the early decades of this century.
Morton recorded solo and with small groups, and the festive stamp of his hometown was evident in every note he played.
Jelly Roll Morton) is born in New Orleans.
www.rockhall.com /inductee/jelly-roll-morton   (667 words)

 Jelly Roll Morton - Southcentral USA
Jelly Roll was born Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe in New Orleans on October 20, 1885 or 1890.
Jelly Roll, changed his name to Mouton to hide his French heritage and started playing piano in the bordellos of the Infamous Storyville when he was a teenager.
Jelly Roll claims to have invented Jazz in 1902 and by 1904 he was an itinerant pianist traveling all over the South.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art28829.asp   (329 words)

 Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers
Jelly Roll Morton had a hit with his 1923 version of Wolverine Blues.
Jelly Roll assembled a group of musicians who could play in the New Orleans style and called them the Red Hot Peppers.
Morton moved to New York and assembled another version of the band and went on to record with Victor until 1930.
www.redhotjazz.com /redhot.html   (130 words)

 Jelly Roll Morton
Morton was born in either 1890 or 1885, depending on whom you believe.
Morton claimed to have been born in 1885, and many believe that this was so that his claim to have invented jazz in 1902 would seem more plausible.
Morton left and went to Biloxi, where his godmother, known as Eulalie Echo (again, research suggests that her name was actually Laura Hecaud) lived.
www.jazzitude.com /morton.htm   (937 words)

 Jelly Roll Morton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In May, 1938, Alan Lomax began recording interviews with Morton for the Library of Congress.
Morton was reluctant to recount and record these, but eventually obliged Lomax.
Jelly Roll Morton on RedHotJazz.com Biography with audio files of many of Morton's historic recordings
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ferdinand_Morton   (1324 words)

 Jelly Roll Morton, MP3 Music Download at eMusic
One of the very first giants of jazz, Jelly Roll Morton did himself a lot of harm posthumously by exaggerating his worth, claiming to have invented jazz in 1902.
Jelly Roll Morton's pre-1923 activities are shrouded in legend.
Morton's storytelling was colorful and his piano playing in generally fine form as he reminisced about old New Orleans and demonstrated the other piano styles of the era.
www.emusic.com /artist/10561/10561382.html   (634 words)

 jazzbrat.com - Jelly Roll Morton
Unfortunately this did not benefit Morton financially, as he was denied membership in the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) because of his skin colour.
Morton eventually succumbed to asthma (or voodoo) in 1941.
This eventually became 'Jelly Roll', an old slang term for a woman or her genitalia.
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 Jelly Roll Morton
Morton's 1923 and 1924 recordings of piano solos for the Gennett label were very popular and influential.
Morton relocated to New York in 1928 and continued to record for Victor until 1930.
Jelly Roll died just before the Dixieland revival rescued so many of his peers from musical obscurity.
www.redhotjazz.com /jellyroll.html   (387 words)

 Jelly Roll Morton Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe was born in New Orleans in the Creole of Color community.
In 1926 Morton succeeded in getting a contract to make recordings for the USA's largest and most prestigeous company, Victor.
Jelly Roll Morton on RedHotJazz.com Biography with ram files of many of Morton's historic recordings
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/j/je/jelly_roll_morton.html   (1026 words)

 Jelly Roll Morton
New Orleans native Ferdinand Joseph Le Menthe, enshrined in Jazz folklore as Jelly Roll Morton, was born in 1885 to a middle class Creole family at the corner of Robertson and Frenchmen Street in New Orleans.
Morton 's 1923 and 1924 recordings of piano solos for the Gennett label were very popular and influential.
Morton relocated to New York in 1928 and continued to record for Victor until 1930.
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 BBC - Radio 3 Jazz Profiles - Jelly Roll Morton
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.
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.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio3/jazz/profiles/jellyroll_morton.shtml   (422 words)

 Jelly Roll Morton and the "Frog-I-More Rag" (Imagination): American Treasures of the Library of Congress
Morton probably wrote the "Frog-i-More Rag" in 1908 to accompany a fellow vaudevillian known as "Frog-i-More," a contortionist who performed in a frog costume.
Morton recorded the rag twice in the spring of 1924 but only one of the recordings survives; it was not released until the 1940s.
The disc and the tinted photograph of Morton are from the Nesuhi Ertegun Collection of Jelly Roll Morton Recordings at the Library of Congress.
www.loc.gov /exhibits/treasures/tri007.html   (350 words)

 CD Baby: RICHARD TRYTHALL: Jelly Roll Morton Piano Music
Jelly Roll Morton (born Ferdinand Lemott), was a classically trained pianist who played music in New Orleans brothels at the age of 16.
For years he has dedicated himself to the study of music by Jelly Roll Morton, the incomparable pianist, the musician who, at the beginning of the 20th century, so clearly delineated the rules of jazz that he could claim to have invented jazz himself.
The result is remarkable: it brings alive the unbridled virtuosity of Jelly Roll Morton, the nuances of his performance, the wealth of his expression as performed on a modern, scintillating piano which bursts forth from the recording energetically.
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 JELLY ROLL MORTON   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Thus in local parlance the Morton house is on the downtown river corner of Frenchmen and North Robertson.
Note: Jelly Roll was the first to tell of the Storyville professors in the first decade of the 20th century, and his spoken dialogue on the Library of Congress recordings spins out a fascinating story of the accomplishments of these fine, yet obscure musicians.
According to Jelly Roll, Tony Jackson was "the world's greatest single-handed entertainer," and Albert Carroll played with "a perfect perfection of passing tones and strange harmonies." Alas, both these performers were never to record, and left no permanent legacy of their outstanding abilities.
www.doctorjazz.freeserve.co.uk /page10.html   (4123 words)

 Morton, Jelly Roll --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
As the first significant jazz composer in America, Jelly Roll Morton, self-styled “originator of jazz stomps and blues,” was one of the most colorful characters in jazz history.
Morton's sophisticated style, rooted in ragtime and basic instrumental blues, and his dedication to composition and rehearsed performance...
In her "teen room" Morton explores the myths that advertising and modern media have invented that contribute to unhealthy self-images in young women.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-9312585?tocId=9312585   (695 words)

 French Creoles | Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly Roll Morton was born October 20, 1890
In the recordings, Morton played and sang and spoke of his life and of the early days of jazz and of the culture it sprang from.
But Morton the jazzman is always present in this swinging performance and comes to the fore especially in the last chorus, as Morton sings and simultaneously plays an exciting accompaniment.
www.frenchcreoles.com /CreoleCulture/famouscreoles/jellyrollmorton/jellyrollmorton.htm   (397 words)

 PopMatters Music Feature | Hard Hitting Blues: Jelly Roll Morton
Morton was seen as a throwback to another era, and an unsavory one at that.
As the 1930s moved along and Morton began to complain, quite rightfully, that he had been robbed by an unscrupulous music publisher and discriminated against by the very organization that was set up to be sure artists were paid royalties, these musicians discounted his complaints as just another boast from a loudmouth carny.
It was a small club that Jelly tried to promote and manage, though the owner, a woman by the name of Cordelia Rice Lyle, had little interest in making it more than a hangout for her friends, one of whom managed to stab Jelly during an altercation.
popmatters.com /music/features/020628-blues2.shtml   (1590 words)

He may have heard Jelly Roll — without knowing it — on the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin St. radio show of July, 1940, but truly fell under the spell via the Circle records edition of the 1938 interviews to which one of his relatively well-heeled friends subscribed.
He is a leading authority on the music of Jelly Roll Morton as well as a key editor and editorial board member of Jazz Masterworks Editions, a publication project of Oberlin College and the Smithsonian Institution.
He is currently working on a book, entitled “Jelly Roll Morton and The Music Trade Press” and despite the title, it will focus on Morton’s piano rolls, together with the background of the Melrose Bros. and Vocalstyle’s involvement and promotion in the weekly trade papers.
www.doctorjazz.co.uk /page14.html   (2633 words)

 Jelly Roll Morton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The jazz pianist and composer Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe "Jelly Roll" Morton, born Gulfport, La., Sept. 20, 1885, died July 10, 1941, was one of the first great New Orleans jazz artists and orchestrators and perhaps the first jazz theorist.
Morton learned his art as a RAGTIME pianist in New Orleans bordellos and then played in other cities as a part-time musician; he was also a pool shark, vaudeville comic, and nightclub owner.
Morton was proud to the point of arrogance both of his talents and of his Creole heritage, which separated him, he felt, from his fl jazz colleagues.
www.gatewayno.com /music/Jelly_Roll.html   (170 words)

Thus in local parlance the Morton house is on the downtown river corner of Frenchmen and North Robertson.
Note: Jelly Roll was the first to tell of the Storyville professors in the first decade of the 20th century, and his spoken dialogue on the Library of Congress recordings spins out a fascinating story of the accomplishments of these fine, yet obscure musicians.
Jelly Roll appeared with a number of vaudeville companies on many such tours just a few years later than the date of the article.
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 NPR : Jelly Roll Morton Plays the Library of Congress
Morton, seen in this undated photograph, died in Los Angeles in 1941.
Jelly Roll Morton was recorded by Alan Lomax in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress in 1938.
It is believed Morton was born in Gulfport, Miss., in 1885.
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 Jelly Roll Morton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Jelly Roll learned to play the guitar at the age of six, but his real love was the piano and by the age of 12 he was playing piano in the Storyville Bordellos, (a New Orleans district).
Jelly Roll traveled throughout the south playing in vaudeville and minstrel shows and he played in both New York and Chicago.
Jelly Roll was one of the very first giants of Jazz, however his own excesses had sabotaged his career.
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 Jazz/Jerry Jazz Musician/Jelly Roll Morton biographer Phil Pastras interview
When Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton sat at the piano in the Library of Congress in May of 1938 to begin his monumental series of interviews with Alan Lomax, he spoke of his years on the West Coast with the nostalgia of a man recalling a golden age, a lost Eden.
Jelly Roll, and you see his comment concerning "originating jazz," it really has to do with his claim that he recognized there was a distinct genre emerging and he wanted to give it a name to distinguish it from ragtime and blues and other forms of music.
I can just imagine Jelly Roll, had he lived another six or seven years, would have been on call constantly for the New Orleans revival thing and would have probably been unable to turn it down because he needed the money and it could have helped his career.
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 Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly Roll Morton's claim that he was the "inventor of jazz" is an overstatement, but he was certainly a major influence upon its early development.
Like many of his compositions, it is complex, with multiple sections, abrupt breaks or stop-time passages, frequent shifts in instrumentation, and a break-neck tempo.
Morton liked to demonstrate his jazz performance style by performing the same piece twice, in two different ways: first, in ragtime style, using eighth and sixteenth notes of equal duration, and second, in jazz style, "swinging" the eighth and sixteenth notes.
www.wright.edu /~martin.maner/morton.html   (162 words)

 JELLY ROLL MORTON - WASHINGTON D.C.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Jelly Roll Morton, veteran musician, last week asked Robert L. (Believe It or Not) Ripley to furnish proof of material used in a broadcast on March 26, when W. Handy of New York was introduced as the originator of Jazz and blues.
Jelly Roll Morton can sit down at the modernistic spinet he bought when his Music Box club in Washington was redecorated and laugh at the swing devotees who have canonized others as the saints of jazz.
Jelly Roll said recently that he believes some of swing’s rhythm graduated from the accompaniment the congregation in southern Negro Baptist churches gave the sermon by stomping their feet and clapping their hands.
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