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

with Some sheet music & lyrics.

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Five years was a long time in the young life of New Orleans jazz. Between 1917 and 1922, while Jelly Eol played around with "the higher-ups" of the West Coast, he lost touch with the ripening company of New Orleans hot musicians, a subtle human contact broken and never quite renewed. Not that his music lagged behind theirs-as a composer, he was absolutely pre-eminent for -a decade more. Yet his was a lonely eminence, for the boys in the bands were beginning to express emotions which Jelly Roll did not share, because he had not shared in their common experiences.
On November 14, 1917, the Mayor of New Orleans closed down Storyville on orders from the Secretary of the Navy, who apparently considered the tenderloin a sort of domestic torpedo aimed at the underbelly of 'the Armed Forces. While -the -madams removed 'their girls into better neighborhoods