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

with Some sheet music & lyrics.

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The Boys in the Bands
Down in New Orleans they remember "Je% Roll used to play piano all day and practice all night ... We used to ask him when do he sleep?-he fool at the piano so much."
Down in New Orleans one morning, down in one of those Storyville dance halls, young Morton was fooling around with an old-time quadrille-maybe it happened just this way-he was just playing around with this old tune, sort of half asleep after a hard night, and suddenly he rolled Ms left forearm across two octaves of keys-a black and white tone cluster.