Jelly Roll Morton, Inventor Of Jazz, Online Book by Alan Lomax

with Some sheet music & lyrics.

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"Ed enjoyed himself, he always did. Went to the French Opera House all the time and loved music, loved music. , . ." He slapped his narrow thigh. "Why, that's it, that's it. It just came back to mef
"Hey, old man, what you talking about?" from Colas.
"That's where the music came into this boy. Listen—Ed La Menthe was a trambone player! Played a slidin trambone! I didn't think of that. Why, I danced to his music many and many an old time." Old Henry laughed with excitement. "That's where Jelly got his music. Ed could cooperate pretty well in a band. Slidin trambone, too, at that... 1"
This was a real discovery. Jelly Roll had mentioned playing trombone occasionally but the influence of his father ran deeper. Obsessively, in almost every line of his compositions, Jelly Roll wrote base figures in tailgate style and sonorous, bursting melodies; trombone phrasing is the Jelly Roll trade­mark . . .
So the man who hardly mentioned his father in conversation never stopped talking about him in his music. Certainly he must have heard the worst of Ed La Menthe. Certainly he was ashamed of him and felt terribly rejected by him. Jelly even claimed to have been "a foundling raised in an orphan's home;" yet, in a sense, his whole career—the gambling, the sporty