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Jelly Roll Morton

Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (October 20, 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 a 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'. In 2013, Katy Martin published an article arguing that Alan Lomax's book of interviews put Morton in a negative light. Lomax disagreed that Morton was an egotist. 'In being called a supreme egotist, Jelly Roll was often a victim of loose and lurid reporting. If we read the words that he himself wrote, we learn that he almost had an inferiority complex and said that he created his own style of jazz piano because 'All my fellow musicians were much faster in manipulations, I thought than I, and I did not feel as though I was in their class.' So he used a slower tempo to permit flexibility through the use of more notes, a pinch of Spanish to give a number of right seasoning, the avoidance of playing triple forte continuously, and many other points'. – Quoted in John Szwed, Dr. Jazz.

Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton - 1923 Reportedly composed as early as 1918, this is one of the best known Ragtime pieces by Morton, and certainly the most memorable. He was proud of its versatility, as it could be performed as a rambunctious piano solo in a brothel, yet turned into a smooth traditional band rag. Interested in general classical music piano rolls? Search through our new piano rolls special page! Johnson, James Price (New Brunswick, New Jersey 1894 - New York 1955); Usa. » MIDI Dill pickles, Ragtime. Standard 88-note Roll (live) recording, piano:? Joplin, Scott ( Caves Springs, near Linden, Texas 1868 - Manhattan 1917); Usa.

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Birth and Death Data: Born October 20th, 1890 (Gulfport), Died July 10th, 1941 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano, leader, director, vocalist, speaker, lyricist, songwriter, arranger

Notes: Some disc labels credit as Ferd. Morton.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 164 records)

CompanyMatrix No.SizeFirst Recording DateTitlePrimary PerformerDescriptionRoleAudio
VictorB-2845910-in.9/10/1923Wolverine bluesBenson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don BestorJazz/dance bandcomposer
VictorB-3114310-in.11/4/1924King Porter stompBenson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don BestorJazz/dance bandcomposer
VictorBVE-3337910-in.9/14/1925Milenberg joysBusse's BuzzardsJazz/dance bandcomposer
VictorBVE-3623910-in.9/15/1926Black bottom stompJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandcomposer, instrumentalist, piano, leader
VictorBVE-3624010-in.9/15/1926Smoke-house bluesJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandinstrumentalist, piano, leader
VictorBVE-3624110-in.9/15/1926The chantJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandinstrumentalist, piano, leader
VictorBVE-3628310-in.9/21/1926Sidewalk bluesJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance band, with talkcomposer, speaker, instrumentalist, piano, leader
VictorBVE-3628410-in.9/21/1926Dead man bluesJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance band, with talkspeaker, composer, instrumentalist, piano, leader
VictorBVE-3628510-in.9/21/1926Steamboat stompJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance band, with talkinstrumentalist, piano, composer, speaker, leader
VictorBVE-3723810-in.12/14/1926Midnight mamaKansas City Orchestra ; Bennie MotenJazz/dance bandcomposer
VictorBVE-3725410-in.12/16/1926Someday sweetheartJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandinstrumentalist, piano, leader
VictorBVE-3725510-in.12/16/1926Grandpa's spellsJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandcomposer, instrumentalist, piano, leader
VictorBVE-3725610-in.12/16/1926Original Jelly-RollJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandcomposer, instrumentalist, piano, leader
VictorBVE-3725710-in.12/16/1926Doctor Jazz stompJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance band, with male vocal soloinstrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader
VictorBVE-3725810-in.12/16/1926Cannon ball Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandinstrumentalist, piano, composer, leader
VictorBVE-3862710-in.6/4/1927Hyena stompJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance band, with laughingleader, composer, instrumentalist, piano
VictorBVE-3862810-in.6/4/1927Billy goat stompJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance band, with goat imitationsleader, composer, instrumentalist, piano
VictorBVE-3862910-in.6/4/1927Wild man bluesJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandleader, composer, speaker, instrumentalist, piano
VictorBVE-3863010-in.6/4/1927Jungle bluesJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandleader, composer, instrumentalist, piano
VictorBVE-3866110-in.6/10/1927Beale Street bluesJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandleader, instrumentalist, piano
VictorBVE-3866210-in.6/10/1927The pearlsJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandcomposer, leader, instrumentalist, piano
VictorBVE-3866310-in.6/10/1927Wolverine bluesJelly Roll MortonJazz/dance ensemblecomposer, instrumentalist, piano
VictorBVE-3866410-in.6/10/1927Mr. Jelly LordJelly Roll MortonJazz/dance ensemblecomposer, instrumentalist, piano
VictorBVE-4365510-in.4/19/1928Sweetheart o' mineJohnny MarvinMale vocal solo, with orchestracomposer
VictorBVE-4561910-in.6/11/1928Georgia swingJelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot PeppersJazz/dance bandcomposer, instrumentalist, piano, leader
(Results 1-25 of 164 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. 'Morton, Jelly Roll,' accessed May 10, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101896.

Morton, Jelly Roll. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 10, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101896.

'Morton, Jelly Roll.' Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 10 May 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101896

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LCNAR: Morton, Jelly Roll, 1890-1941 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n50007929

Wikidata: Jelly Roll Morton - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q317128

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