Jelly Roll Morton


Birthday October 20, 1890

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace New Orleans, LA

DEATH DATE Jul 10, 1941 (50)

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Numerology: 3


First great jazz composer whose "Jelly Roll Blues" became the first jazz composition to be published. He was also jazz's first arranger.

Before Fame

He was heavily influenced by Tony Jackson. He began touring the American South in minstrel shows in 1904.


He became known for writing "Wolverine Blues," "Black Bottom Stomp," and "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say," as well as pioneering the Spanish tinge.

Family Life

He was born to F.P. Lamothe and Louise Monette. His parents were never married and instead had a common-law marriage. He convinced his religious mother that he was a night watchman at a barrel factory when he was really playing piano at a brothel. He married Mabel Bertrand in 1928.

Associated With

He recorded alongside clarinetist Artie Shaw.