Jelly Roll Morton

Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (September 20, 1885 or October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941) was an American jazz pianist, bandleader and composer whom some call the first true composer of jazz music. Morton was a colorful character who liked to generate publicity for himself by bragging. His business card referred to him as the Originator of Jazz, and he was and is valued as a source of rare information about early jazz, despite his penchant for hyperbole.

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