jazz vid - One of the primary artists featured in the movie...

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One of the primary artists featured in the movie was none other than Jelly Roll Morton. He was born Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe around 1885 to 1890 and died in 1941. He credits himself as creating jazz and many of its offspring genres; while this is untrue, he was a pioneer nonetheless in the early stages of jazz. Morton was strict and orchestrated everything from his piano. Morton wrote all the solos for his group and many of the bases of his songs are from his early day in “Storyville” New Orleans, where he worked in order to be close to the music he enjoyed. In 1926, Morton was successful in gaining a recording contract with Victor records and with his group Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers recorded some staples of 1920’s jazz music. Eventually during the fall of the record industry in the 1930’s due to the Great Depression Morton was forced to take several gigs like being in a traveling burlesque act, performing in different dives, and even a radio show in 1934. One of his last great triumphs is his interviews with
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