By Howard Reich

ISBN-10: 0306813505

ISBN-13: 9780306813504

Jelly's Blues recounts the tumultuous lifetime of Jelly Roll Morton (ca., 18851941). A virtuoso pianist with a larger-than-life character, he composed such influential early jazz items as "King Porter Stomp" and "New Orleans Blues." despite the fact that, via the overdue Nineteen Thirties, he was once approximately forgotten. In 1992, the loss of life of an eccentric memorabilia collector resulted in the unearthing of a startling archive, revealing Morton to be a way more complicated and passionate guy than many learned. an extremely instant and visceral look at the jazz worlds of latest Orleans and Chicago, Jelly's Blues is a definitive biography, a protracted late examine one of many 20th century's most crucial composers.

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