Jelly Roll Morton was the first great composer and piano player of Jazz. He was a talented arranger who wrote special scores that took advantage of the three-minute limitations of the 78 rpm records. But more than all these things, he was a real character whose spirit shines brightly through history, like his diamond studded smile. As a teenager Jelly Roll Morton worked in the whorehouses of Storyville as a piano player. From 1904 to 1917 Jelly Roll rambled around the South

Jelly Roll Morton was the first great composer and piano player of Jazz. He was a talented arranger who wrote special scores that took advantage of the three-minute limitations of the 78 rpm records. But more than all these things, he was a real character whose spirit shines brightly through history, like his diamond studded smile. As a teenager Jelly Roll Morton worked in the whorehouses of Storyville as a piano player. From 1904 to 1917 Jelly Roll rambled around the South

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Jelly Roll Morton - In “New Orleans Blues,” you can notice the Spanish tinge. In fact, if you can’t manage to put tinges of Spanis...

Jelly Roll Morton - In “New Orleans Blues,” you can notice the Spanish tinge. In fact, if you can’t manage to put tinges of Spanis...

Jelly Roll Morton - Hesitation Blues - ..an American virtuoso pianist and composer who some call the first true composer of jazz music.

Jelly Roll Morton - Hesitation Blues - ..an American virtuoso pianist and composer who some call the first true composer of jazz music.

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Legend of New Orleans Jazz,  Jelly Roll Morton (2nd from right), with Bricktop (right) in Los Angeles in 1918

Legend of New Orleans Jazz, Jelly Roll Morton (2nd from right), with Bricktop (right) in Los Angeles in 1918

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Jelly Roll Morton - American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who started his career in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jelly Roll Morton - American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who started his career in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Uncredited Photographer     Jelly Roll Morton, New orleans     1910    “Get up from that piano. You hurtin’ its feelings.”  Jelly Roll Morton

Uncredited Photographer Jelly Roll Morton, New orleans 1910 “Get up from that piano. You hurtin’ its feelings.” Jelly Roll Morton

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1/4/40 NYC., JELLY ROLL MORTON´S SEVEN: Red Allen (t) Joe Britton (tb); Albert Nicholas (cl) Eddie Williams (as) Jelly Roll Morton (p,v) Wellman Braud (b) Zu...

1/4/40 NYC., JELLY ROLL MORTON´S SEVEN: Red Allen (t) Joe Britton (tb); Albert Nicholas (cl) Eddie Williams (as) Jelly Roll Morton (p,v) Wellman Braud (b) Zu...

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