History of Jazz

Jelly Roll Morton


Jelly Roll MortonJelly Roll Morton, pianist, composer, and bandlaeader, spanned the gap between ragtime and early jazz piano. He loosened the more rigid rhythmic feel of ragtime by swinging eighth notes. A number of his compositions became popular and were arranged and performed by other bands.

Did you know?

  • Jelly Roll Morton was a rich and successful bandleader during the 1920s, but declined in popularity during the 1930s; he had to sell his most prized possession to make ends meet: a diamond set between his two front teeth.

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RA Jelly Roll Morton, Grandpa's Spells

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Red Hot Jazz: Jelly Roll Morton


Grandpa's Spells, Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers
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