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Jelly Roll Morton
(c. 1885-1941) born on
Sep 20
US jazz singer, composer, pianist, bandleader. He was the first great composer of orchestral jazz.
         
   
F
The sporting houses needed professors, and we had so many different styles that . . . it wouldn't make any difference that you just came from . . . whatever your tunes were over there, we played them in New Orleans.

R
Get up from that piano. You hurtin' its feelings.
A
In 1908 Handy didn't know anything about the blues and he doesn't know anything about jazz and stomps to this day . . . I myself figured out the peculiar form of mathematics and harmonies that was strange to all the world but me.
N
My contributions were many: First clown director, with witty sayings and flashily dressed, now called master of ceremonies.
K
I have been robbed of three million dollars all told. Everyone today is playing my stuff and I don't even get credit. Kansas City style, Chicago style, New Orleans style hell, they're all Jelly Roll style.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Hear Me Talkin' To Ya," by Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff.
R: In "Hear Me Talkin' To Ya," by Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff.
A: Disputing that W. C. Handy was the "Father of the Blues; in "I Discovered Blues in 1902," in "Down Beat."
N: Disputing that W. C. Handy was the "Father of the Blues; in "I Discovered Blues in 1902," in "Down Beat."
K: In "Hear Me Talkin' To Ya," by Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff.
   


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