Jelly Roll Morton biography
Jelly Roll Morton was an American jazz pianist and songwriter born on October 20, 1890 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He traveled nationwide performing as both a solo and small group musician. He led the Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers band in the late 1920s, where his innovative style helped to shape the genre of jazz. He released several albums prior to hitting hard times during the Great Depression, where he then fell out of the limelight. Morton died on July 10, 1941.