Jelly Roll Morton

Real Name:
Ferdinand Joseph Morton
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American pianist, bandleader and composer, often considered as the first true composer of jazz music.
Born Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe on 20/09/1885 or 20/10/1890 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Died 10/07/1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
His birth name was changed to Morton when he was three years old and his mother married again. In WW I, he was drafted as Ferd Joseph Morton.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 (Early Influence).
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Albums

Jelly Roll Morton - New Orleans Memories album art Jelly Roll Morton New Orleans Memories (Album) General, General, General, General, General US 1940 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - Hot Piano album art Earl Hines, "Fats" Waller*, Duke Ellington, Jelly-Roll Morton* Earl Hines, "Fats" Waller*, Duke Ellington, Jelly-Roll Morton* - Hot Piano (Album) Victor US 1941 Sell This Version
B-1018 Jelly Roll Morton - "A King Of The Piano" - Volume One album art Jelly Roll Morton "A King Of The Piano" - Volume One(2xShellac, 10", Album, RE) Brunswick B-1018 US 1945 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. XI - In New Orleans album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. XI - In New Orleans (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. III - Jazz Is . . . Strictly Music album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. III - Jazz Is . . . Strictly Music (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. VI - The Jazz Piano Soloist album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. VI - The Jazz Piano Soloist (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. II - Way Down Yonder . . . album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. II - Way Down Yonder . . . (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord - Vol. V (Bad Man Ballads) album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord - Vol. V (Bad Man Ballads) (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord - Vol. XII (I'm The Winin' Boy) album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord - Vol. XII (I'm The Winin' Boy) (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. X - The Jazz Piano Soloist . . . 2 album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. X - The Jazz Piano Soloist . . . 2 (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord - Vol. VII (Everyone Had His Own Style) album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord - Vol. VII (Everyone Had His Own Style) (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord - Vol. VIII (Jelly And The Blues) album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord - Vol. VIII (Jelly And The Blues) (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord - Vol. I (Jazz Started In New Orleans) album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord - Vol. I (Jazz Started In New Orleans) (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. IX - Alabama Bound album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. IX - Alabama Bound (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. IV - The Spanish Tinge album art Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mr. Jelly Lord Vol. IV - The Spanish Tinge (Album) Circle, Circle US 1947 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - Boogie Woogie Piano / A King Of The Piano album art Pine Top Smith* / Jelly Roll Morton Pine Top Smith* / Jelly Roll Morton - Boogie Woogie Piano / A King Of The Piano (Comp) Brunswick US 1950 Sell This Version
L 14001 - L 14012 Jelly Roll Morton The Saga Of Mister Jelly Lord - Vol. I - Vol. 12(12xLP, Mono) Circle L 14001 - L 14012 US 1950 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - Rediscovered Solos album art Jelly Roll Morton Rediscovered Solos (Album) Riverside Records US 1953 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - Classic Jazz Piano: Volume 2 album art Jelly Roll Morton Classic Jazz Piano: Volume 2 (Album, Comp) Riverside Records US 1954 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - Mr. Jelly Lord album art Jelly Roll Morton Mr. Jelly Lord (Album, Comp) Riverside Records UK 1956 Sell This Version
L.D.100 FL23-A Jelly Roll Morton - Jelly Roll Morton New Orleans memories piano solo & vocal album art Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Morton New Orleans memories piano solo & vocal(LP, Album) Vogue Records L.D.100 FL23-A France 1956 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - Classic Piano Solos album art Jelly Roll Morton Classic Piano Solos (Comp) Riverside Records US 1957 Sell This Version
130.244 Jelly Roll Morton - Jungle Blues album art Jelly Roll Morton Jungle Blues(10") RCA 130.244 France 1957 Sell This Version
Jelly Roll Morton - Rags & Blues, Volume III Of Selections From The Library Of Congress Recordings album art Jelly Roll Morton Rags & Blues, Volume III Of Selections From The Library Of Congress Recordings Riverside Records UK 1960 Sell This Version
RLP 12-133 Jelly Roll Morton - Plays And Sings Volume II album art Jelly Roll Morton Plays And Sings Volume II(LP, Mono) Riverside Records RLP 12-133 US 1960 Sell This Version

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Alain_Patrick

April 7, 2006
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During the nineteenth century, people from all over the World would come to New Orleans, creating a melting pot of different ethnical and cultural origins. A fine example to illustrate this situation is the ‘Créoles’. Descending from French and African families, they had whiter skins than the blacks, but darker skins than the whites; they identified themselves with their European parents and learned the ways of classical music, though they also had a strong attachment with their afro origins.
Jelly Roll Morton, an essential character of the American music history, is a shine example. Born Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe, this proud ‘créole’ of color was claimed an essential name on the origin of Jazz, for he was among the first to create a relevant amount of compositions for the genre. Before him, the piano was basically a lady’s instrument on his environment – but one day, he saw a man playing a beautiful piece of Ragtime, and then he realized piano was not only an instrument for women, but for anyone - as long as this 'anyone' could play 'the keyboards' with excellence. Jelly Roll Morton, whose nickname was a synonym for sexual movements, became an exceptional piano player. After all, knew how to blend the elements of Ragtime, Ministrelcy and Blues together into a new, complex and improvised kind of music. This new-born style of improvising, dynamic and creative patterns would become by the way America's main musical identity on the years to come.

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