Artist

Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton
Aliases
Jelly Roll Morton Jazzmen
Jelly Roll Morton's Jazz Band
Real name
Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe
Born
September 20, 1890
Died
July 10, 1941
Country
United States
Comments
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.
Family
Dink Johnson    Brother-in-law
See also
Bob Greene
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