Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton was an early and important jazz stylist and composer. Combining elements of ragtime, blues, and vaudeville, his music captured the raw energy of his New Orleans birthplace. With tunes like Alabama Bound and Kansas City Stomp, he performed and recorded in New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, D.C. A collection of Morton's work, recorded in 1938 and housed at the Library of Congress, is considered to be one of the most important jazz archives in the nation.
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Volume 1 portrays 35 outstanding musical legends that have shaped and continue to inspire America’s rich jazz tradition.
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