Jelly Roll Morton Seven
Jelly Roll Morton's Jazz Band
Jelly-Roll Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen
- Real name
- Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe
- September 20, 1890
- July 10, 1941
- United States
Pianist, vocalist, composer and bandleader, and an influential figure in the creation of jazz - particularly as a composer. In fact, Morton, who was reputedly very egotistical, claimed to have personally invented jazz.
Morton's true last name and date of birth have been subject to much controversy.
Morton was stabbed when a fight broke out in the place he was playing in Washington, D.C. He was first denied treatment at a nearby whites-only hospital, then taken to a further away lower quality hospital where, following a long wait, he received substandard care. Morton never completely recovered from his wounds, which led to his death.
Dink Johnson Brother-in-law
Baby Dodds Dodds played on various of Morton's recordings