Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton

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Da Capo Press, Nov 1, 2008 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 256 pages
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Jelly's Blues recounts the tumultuous life of Jelly Roll Morton (ca., 18851941). A virtuoso pianist with a larger-than-life personality, he composed such influential early jazz pieces as "King Porter Stomp" and "New Orleans Blues." However, by the late 1930s, he was nearly forgotten. In 1992, the death of an eccentric memorabilia collector led to the unearthing of a startling archive, revealing Morton to be a much more complex and passionate man than many realized. An especially immediate and visceral look into the jazz worlds of New Orleans and Chicago, Jelly's Blues is a definitive biography, a long overdue look at one of the twentieth century's most important composers.

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Chicago Tribune journalists Reich, a longtime jazz critic, and Pulitzer Prize winner Gaines, who retired from investigative reporting in 2001, drew on the recently opened archives of a New Orleans ... Read full review


1 The District
2 Inventing Jelly Roll
3 The Proselytizer
4 Chicago Hustle
5 Thirtyfifth and Calumet
6 Free Fall
7 Laughingstock
8 A Battle Royal
10 The Afterglow
Notes on Sources
Compositions written by Ferdinand Jelly Roll Morton
Annotated discography Morton plays Morton
Notes on Mortons elusive birth date

9 Flee As a Bird to the Mountain

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Howard Reich is the veteran jazz critic of the Chicago Tribune and the winner of many awards. A longtime correspondent for Downbeat magazine, he is also the author, with William Gaines, of the critically acclaimed biography Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton. He lives in suburban Chicago. William Gaines retired from the Chicago Tribune in 2001 and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He lives in Munster, Indiana.

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