Jelly Roll Morton

On July 10, 1941, Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe aka Jelly Roll Morton, died aged 60. He was musician (piano), bandleader and composer,  regarded as the pivotal figure in early jazz. His composition “Jelly Roll Blues” was the first published jazz composition, in 1915.  He wrote number of ragtime and early jazz standards such as “King Porter Stomp”, “Wolverine Blues”, “Black Bottom Stomp”, and “I thought I heard Buddy Bolden Say”.

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