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Jelly Roll Morton

1890

Ferdinand Joseph Lematt (a.k.a. Jelly Roll Morton) is born in New Orleans.

1912

After years spent playing the clubs of New Orleans’ Storyville district, Jelly Roll Morton moves to Chicago.

1915

Jelly Roll Morton publishes his first composition, “The Jelly Roll Blues.”

1923

Jelly Roll Morton cuts six original compositions for the Indiana-based Gennett label.

1924

Jelly Roll Morton cuts 11 more sides for Gennett in January and 24 piano rolls for the Vocalstyle Company at midyear.

1926

Jelly Roll Morton records the classic “Black Bottom Stomp” in a Chicago studio at the first of many small band sessions. His seven-man band, the Red Hot Peppers, includes such esteemed musicians as trombonist Kid Ory and banjoist Johnny St. Cyr.

1927

Chicago sessions with a version of the Red Hot Peppers that now includes Johnny Dodds on clarinet and Baby Dodds on drums yield such Jell Roll Morton classics as “Mr. Jelly Lord,” “The Pearls” and “Wolverine Blues.”

1928

Jelly Roll Morton records “Georgia Swing” and “Kansas City Stomps” in New York at one of his later RCA Victor sessions.

1941

Jelly Roll Morton died at the age of 50 in Los Angeles, CA.

1991

‘Jelly’s Last Jam’, a theatrical production of Jelly Roll Morton’s life story, opens on Broadway, rekindling interest in his legacy.

1998

Jelly Roll Morton is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the thirteenth annual induction dinner. Ahmet Ertegun is his presenter.