Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton

Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton
1885 - 1941

Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton  American Pianist


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First Name Ferdinand
Middle Name 'Jelly Roll'
Last Name Morton
Alternative Name Jelly Roll Morton
Age 55 (age at death) years
Birthday 20th September, 1885
Birthplace New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died 10th July, 1941
Place of Death Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Buried Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Nationality American
Occupation Text Vaudeville comedian
Occupation Pianist
Music Genre (Text) Ragtime, Jazz, Jazz blues, Dixieland, Swing
Music Genre Jazz, Piano
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Year(s) Active ca. 1900–1941, c. 1900–1941, 1900–1941
Music Style Early Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Music Mood Exuberant, Freewheeling, Fun, Rambunctious, Lively, Party/Celebratory, Organic, Cheerful, Passionate, Warm, Summery, Manic, Happy, Rousing, Gleeful, Spicy, Carefree, Brash, Amiable/Good-Natured, Confident
Instrument Piano, Composer, Leader
Instrument (text) Piano, Vocal
Record Label RCA Victor
Associated Acts Red Hot Peppers, New Orleans Rhythm Kings

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 a tribute to New Orleans musicians from the turn of the 20th century.

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