One would be hard pressed to name a musician whose life and legacy are more in need of redemption than those of Jelly Roll Morton
. A skilled pianist, arranger, and bandleader, as well as a highly innovative composer, Morton (1885--1941) was an important link between ragtime and jazz.
Her father loved piano music, from Beethoven to Jelly Roll Morton
, and would quiz Mary and her older brother, Dion, on matters melodious.
In his "An Off-the Beaten-Track Car Tour of Early Jazz Sites" you'll learn about the soul of New Orleans--its musical culture--as you travel along Rampart and Basin Streets, past the birthplace of Jelly Roll Morton
and the remnants of fabled Storyville.
Bruce Raeburn of the William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University has observed that jazz great Jelly Roll Morton
's boast that he was a pimp exemplifies the pimp's prestige in the early twentieth century.
* The Iroquois Theater, the local black vaudeville center, where Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly's Last Jam is new, except for its music, which is (mostly) by Jelly Roll Morton
. Two Trains Running struck me as the feeblest of August Wilson's plays to date, not to say dull.
Jazz great Jelly Roll Morton
was a virtuoso on which instrument?
Handy (St Louis Blues) and Jelly Roll Morton
(I Hate A Man Like You) to more recent artists such as Dr John (Wild Honey) and Alan Price of The Animals (Changes).
They played pieces composed by Marsalis, Calderazzo, and jazz icons like Thelonious Monk and Jelly Roll Morton
. The concert kicked off with a fast, chaotic piece by Calderazzo, called Mighty Sword, which showcased Calderazzo's energetic piano playing.
These are the Ticklers, and Standing Pat (yep, the phrase is used in St James Infirmary) is filled not just with Jelly Roll Morton
's Wild Man Blues, Louis Armstrong's My Heart, Sidney Bechet's Suey and WC Handy's St Louis Blues, but also with material from outside of that New Orleans canon.
Masters included are Jelly Roll Morton
, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau--a great representation of the history of jazz piano.
Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester will take a trip back in time Saturday with a cabaret event titled "The Roaring '20s." The show will include a performance of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" by Pakachoag faculty members Curtis Smith (piano) and Nike Beaudry (clarinet); selections from Victor Herbert performed by Pakachoag's Christina White; the music of Jelly Roll Morton
, Fats Waller and James P.