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Jelly Roll Morton

American ragtime and jazz pianist, bandleader and composer

Jelly Roll Morton

American ragtime and jazz pianist, bandleader and composer
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birthday
20th
October, 1890
Death
10th
July, 1941
Birth Sign
libra
Biography

Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (September 20, c. 1890 – July 10, 1941), 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. Morton also wrote “King Porter Stomp”, “Wolverine Blues”, “Black Bottom Stomp”, and “I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say”, the last tribute to New Orleans musicians from the turn of the 20th century.
Morton’s claim to have invented jazz in 1902 was criticized. Music critic Scott Yanow wrote, “Jelly Roll Morton did himself a lot of harm posthumously by exaggerating his worth…Morton’s accomplishments as an early innovator are so vast that he did not really need to stretch the truth.”Gunther Schuller says of Morton’s “hyperbolic assertions” that there is “no proof to the contrary” and that Morton’s “considerable accomplishments in themselves provide reasonable substantiation”.

instruments played
Piano
Associated Acts

Red Hot Peppers, New Orleans Rhythm Kings

Birth Name

Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (possibly spelled Lemott, LaMotte or LaMenthe)

Genres

Jazz, ragtime

Labels

RCA Victor

Occupations

Musician, composer, arranger

Years Active

1900 1941

Name

Jelly Roll Morton

Nationality

United States of America

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