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Jelly Roll Morton

(October 20th 1885 (1890?) - July 10th 1941)

Born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe in either October of 1885 or 1890 in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana as a child he showed a great aptitude for music. His parents were Edward Joseph Lamothe, a bricklayer by trade, and Louise Hermance Monette, a domestic worker. When his mother remarried William Mouton in 1894 he took his stepfather's surname, adapting it to Morton. At age four-teen he began working as a pianist in the sporting houses of Storyville, New Orleans' notorious red light district where he acquired his famous nickname.

A figure widely recognized as the first great jazz composer Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton was a prominent New Orleans pianist and bandleader whose stylistic development traversed the ragtime and jazz eras.


Big Fat Ham (2:56)

Big Time Woman (3:17)

Billy Goat Stomp (3:40)

Black Bottom Stomp (3:12)

Blue Blood Blues (3:11)

Boogaboo (3:15)

Buddy Bolden's Blues (3:13)

Burnin' The Iceberg (3:09)

Climax Rag (2:25)

Crazy Chords (2:54)

Creepy Feeling (3:28)

Dead Man Blues (3:25)

Deep Creek (3:26)

Don't Tell Me Nothin' 'Bout My Man (3:00)

Dr. Jazz (3:31)

Fat Meat And Greens (3:04)

Fussy Mabel (3:14)

Georgia Swing (2:29)

Grandpa's Spells (3:18)

Ham And Eggs (3:04)

Hyena Stomp (3:15)

I Hate A Man Like You (3:41)

Jelly at The Monarch Saloon (8:50)

Jungle Blues (3:28)

Kansas City Stomps (3:02)

King Porter (2:32)

King Porter Stomp (5:08)

Mama Nita (2:59)

Maple Leaf Stomp (2:41)

Midnight Mama (2:57)

Milenberg Joys (2:52)

Muddy Water Blues (3:10)

My Gal (2:40)

New Crawley Blues (3:00)

New Orleans Joys (2:50)

Original Jelly Roll Blues (3:06)

Pep (3:35)

Pretty Lil (3:11)

She's Got What I Need (3:01)

Sidewalk Blues (3:28)

Sobbin' Blues (2:47)

Someday Sweetheart Blues (3:31)

Steamboat Stomp (3:09)

The Chant (3:10)

The Crave (4:33)

The Pearls (3:26)

Tom Cat Blues (2:49)

When They Get Lovin' They's Gone (3:35)

Wolverine Blues (3:26)

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