Sunday, October 20, 2013

SUNDAY MORNING JAZZ: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JELLY ROLL MORTON!!!


PEACE And GREETINGS;

GOOD SUNDAY MORNING!!!

Pianist/Vocalist/Composer/Arranger/Bandleader/Recording Artist JELLY ROLL MORTON (October 20, 1890 - July 10, 1941) was born this day in 1890, and today would celebrate his 123rd Birthday.

He was born FERDINAND JOSEPH LaMOTHE, in the Crescent City of NEW ORLEANS, LA; and since The NOLA is known as the BIRTHPLACE Of JAZZ, then; JELLY ROLL MORTON named himself the INVENTOR Of JAZZ.

Being considered a Creole in the Crescent City had its advantages in the fact that he was exposed to the fine arts and music as a child.

He would undertake formal piano lessons with one Tony Jackson who was considered a wunderkind Piano Professor
with exceptional musical ability, mirrored by the young student, who demonstrated an elevated level of talent, and the confidence to perform the complicated music.

FERDINAND JOSEPH LaMOTHE later changed his last name to MORTON, then eventually began using JELLY ROLL as a professional name, allowing himself to become JELLY ROLL MORTON.

The pianist known as JELLY ROLL MORTON went on a cross country tour that literally covered most of the U.S. He was quite the bon vivant, and pianist extraordinaire becoming very adept at ‘cutting heads’ where he would boldly challenge the local piano players, and wind up as the house pianist until he moved on, which from what we can gather, was continually. He can be verified as turning up in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Colorado, Missouri, Houston, California, Texas, and in New York.

JELLY ROLL MORTON passed away due to Respiratory Problems and complications from an earlier stabbing at LOS ANGELES COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL on July 10, 1941.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JELLY ROLL MORTON SUNDAY MORNING JAZZ!!!

PEACE, LOVE, And BLESSINGS;

-CCG









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