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

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Jelly Roll Blues
up of the band. I don t know when it happened but 1 under­stand that was the beginning o£ the end.*
Anyhow Keppard certainly finished me at the Elite. Busi­ness went to the bad and, as 1 did not wish to stay on and not satisfy everybody, 1 hit the road again.
* "Freddie was very cooperative with bis band," said Jobimy St Cyr, "Except for that independent Creole way of his. He always kept bis own band and never bad many engagements outside of them. His band would have been the first to record, hut the boys didn't want a percentage deal and held out for a flat fee. Freddie plain refused^ said be wasn't gonna let the other fellows play Ms records and catch Ms staff. That way they missed out being the first jazz band to record and the chance came to a wMte band—the Original Dixieland."