Mister Jelly Roll The Fortunes of Jelly Roll Morton, New Orleans Creole and "Inventor of Jazz"

ISBN-10: 0520225309
ISBN-13: 9780520225305
Edition: 2001 (Revised)
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Description: When it appeared in 1950, this biography of Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton became an instant classic of jazz literature. Now back in print and updated with a new afterword by Lawrence Gushee,Mister Jelly Rollwill enchant a new generation of readers  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/19/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

When it appeared in 1950, this biography of Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton became an instant classic of jazz literature. Now back in print and updated with a new afterword by Lawrence Gushee,Mister Jelly Rollwill enchant a new generation of readers with the fascinating story of one of the world's most influential composers of jazz. Jelly Roll's voice spins out his life in something close to song, each sentence rich with the sound and atmosphere of the period in which Morton, and jazz, exploded on the American and international scene. This edition includes scores of Jelly Roll's own arrangements, a discography and an updated bibliography, a chronology of his compositions, a new genealogical tree of Jelly Roll's forebears, and Alan Lomax's preface from the hard-to-find 1993 edition of this classic work. Lawrence Gushee's afterword provides new factual information and reasserts the importance of this work of African American biography to the study of jazz and American culture.

Born in Austin, Texas, and educated at Harvard University, the University of Texas, and Columbia University, American folklorist Alan Lomax is one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable folk-music scholars of the twentieth century. Lomax became interested in collecting and recording folk songs through the work of his father, John Avery Lomax, a curator at the Library of Congress and a pioneer in the field of folk music. After college, he toured prisons in the South, recording folk song performances for the Archive of American Song of the Library of Congress. During his travels, he met the great blues singer Huddie Ledbetter ("Leadbelly"). Lomax later became responsible for introducing radio audiences to a number of folk and blues artists, including Woody Guthrie and Burl Ives. Between 1951 and 1958, he traveled throughout Europe, recording hundreds of folk songs in England, Scotland, Italy, and Spain. His most important work is, perhaps, "The Folk Songs of North America" (1959). He also published a number of works with his father, including "American Ballads and Folk Songs" (1934) and "Folk Song: USA" (1946). In addition to his work with folk songs, Lomax was very interested in the historical and social origins of jazz, and he wrote a notable biography of the early jazzman Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton entitled "Mister Jelly Roll" (1950).

Preface to the 1993 Edition
Preface to the 1973 Edition
Prelude
Louisiana Town
My Folks Was All Frenchmans
Really Tremendous Sports
Money in the Tenderloin
The Family
Storyville
Where the Birth of Jazz Originated From
Uptown--Downtown
Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm
The Boys in the Bands
Alabama Bound
Half-hand Bigshot
Those Battles of Music
The Lion Broke Down the Door
Jack the Bear
Can't Remember All Those Towns
Jelly Roll Blues
I Took California
The Cadillac in Bloom
Diamonds Pinned to My Underwear
Mama Nita
Hello, Central, Give Me Doctor Jazz
The Bitters with the Sweet
Mabel
Red Hot Pepper
It Like to Broke My Heart
Till the Butcher Cut Him Down
Acknowledgments
The Tunes
The Records
Afterword
Select Discography and Bibliography

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