Steve Newman’s Jazz Groove — Jelly Roll Morton: Born in New Orleans

The Inventor of Jazz

Jelly Roll in New York. Image: 64 Parishes

Ferdinand Joseph Morton was born in New Orleans in 1885, and at a very young age was knocking out a tune or two on any instruments he could get his hands on, and teaching himself the rudiments of music:

At the age of seven, I was considered among the best guitarists around, and sometimes I played in the

--

--

--

Playwright, Historian, and Freelance Writer, Now Living and Writing in Shakespeare’s Lancashire…

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

The Greatest American Rock Band Of All Time

Who Cares If One More Light Goes Out? I Do

JAY-Z’s “4:44”: Will it Hit, or Miss?

2 women, a bottle of Corona, and a 5-star hotel leads to heaven’s door

Movin’ On Up — Kara Marni

Everything a Place Gave to Me — my Soundtrack

Gift of Sound

Steve Newman’s Jazz Groove — Oliver Nelson

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Steve Newman Writer

Steve Newman Writer

Playwright, Historian, and Freelance Writer, Now Living and Writing in Shakespeare’s Lancashire…

More from Medium

T. E. Lawrence — Music

When Nazis Attacked Jews, Some American Students Tried to Help

Three Paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby

Leonardo & His Disappearing Act.