BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY
|Jelly Roll Morton|
|Birth name||Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (possibly spelled Lemott, LaMotte or LaMenthe)|
|Also known as||Jelly Roll Morton|
|Born||October 20, 1890|
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Died||July 10, 1941 (aged 50)|
|Years active||c. 1900–1941|
|Associated acts||Red Hot Peppers|
New Orleans Rhythm Kings
Early life and education
Marriage and family
New York City
Sample of Morton's introduction and performance of the piece, with its innovative moving tone cluster evoking a tiger's growl
- The Piano Rolls (Nonesuch, 1997)
- Giants of Jazz (Collectables, 1998)
- Mr. Jelly Roll (Tomato Music, 2003)
- Jelly Roll Morton was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was elected as a charter member of the Gennett Records Walk of Fame.
- In 2008, Jelly Roll Morton was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Representation in other media
- Two Broadway shows have featured his music, Jelly Roll and Jelly's Last Jam. The first draws heavily on Morton's own words and stories from the Library of Congress interviews.
- Jelly Roll Morton appears as the piano "professor" in Louis Malle's Pretty Baby, where he is portrayed by actor Antonio Fargas, with piano and vocals played by James Booker.
- Jelly Roll Morton's Last Night at the Jungle Inn: An Imaginary Memoir (1984) was written by the ethnomusicologist and folklorist Samuel Charters, embellishing Morton's early stories about his life.
- Morton and his godmother, Eulalie, appear as characters in David Fulmer's mystery novel, Chasing the Devil's Tail.
- Jelly Roll Morton is featured in Alessandro Baricco's book, Novecento. He is the "inventor of jazz" and the protagonist's rival throughout the book. This book was adapted as a movie: The Legend of 1900, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. His character is played by the actor Clarence Williams III.
- The play, Don't You Leave Me Here, by Clare Brown, which premiered at West Yorkshire Playhouse on 27 September 2008, deals with Morton's relationship with musicianTony Jackson.
- Morton's name is mentioned in "Cornet Man", sung by Barbra Streisand in the Broadway musical Funny Girl (1964).