Music by Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly Roll Morton and His Red Hot Peppers
Recorded March 20, 1930
Jelly wrote this one for his girlfriend Mabel Bertrand. Also born in New Orleans she was the sister of percussionist and xylophone player Jimmy Bertrand whose small groups were a staple of the 1920's Chicago jazz scene. A dancer by profession she had sent time in Europe and was married to Ferd Morton in 1929.
Personnel: Ward Pinkett and Bubber Miley trumpets, Wilbur de Paris trombone, Eddie Barefield clarinet, Jelly Roll Morton piano & leader, Bernard Addison guitar, Bill Benford bass brass, and Tommy Benford drums
Ferdinand Joseph Morton (Jelly Roll Morton) (1890-1941)
Major early jazz figure as pianist, band leader and composer. Started playing piano in New Orleans with a style with ragtime roots, but style unique, advanced in harmony, composition and solo conception. In the early 1900s played in New Orleans "sporting houses". Jobs throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. Toured south with minstrel show around 1909-1911. 1911-1917 Jobbed in St. Louis, Kansas City. Jazz composition, "Jelly Roll Blues" published in Chicago in 1917. Based in California five years, worked all over the west coast. Back in Chicago, 1923, worked for Melrose Brothers Music Company, had more jazz pieces published. Began extensive recording in 1923 using small groups of excellent jazzmen. Greatest recording period 1926-1930 for Victor. During this period toured with other bands, led groups. In 1928 led band at New York's Rose Danceland. Jobbed in New York early 1930s. Led band 1935-1936, settled in Washington D.C., 1937-1938 in comparative obscurity. Managed jazz club, also performed. Alan Lomax recorded him solo on long series for archives of Library of Congress. More recording sessions 1939-1940, limited engagements in New York 1939 and California 1940. Ill health 1940-1941, before death.