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Mister Jelly Roll: The Fortunes of Jelly Roll Morton, New Orleans Creole and Inventor of Jazz

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When it appeared in 1950, this biography of Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton became an instant classic of jazz literature. Now back in print and updated with a new afterword by Lawrence Gushee, Mister Jelly Roll will enchant a new generation of readers with the fascinating story of one of the world's most influential composers of jazz. Jelly Roll's voice spins out his life in something close to song, each sentence rich with the sound and atmosphere of the period in which Morton, and jazz, exploded on the American and international scene. This edition includes scores of Jelly Roll's own arrangements, a discography and an updated bibliography, a chronology of his compositions, a new genealogical tree of Jelly Roll's forebears, and Alan Lomax's preface from the hard-to-find 1993 edition of this classic work. Lawrence Gushee's afterword provides new factual information and reasserts the importance of this work of African American biography to the study of jazz and American culture.

Synopsis:

This updated biography aims to invoke Jelly Roll's life and the atomosphere of the period in which Ferdinand Morton, and jazz, explored on the US and international scene. It includes a discography, a genealogical tree of his forebears and scores of Morton's own arrangements.

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A classic in the field of jazz and African-American studies, this is a collaborative biography, with a strong folkloric element (Jelly Roll having mastered the role of trickster), by two of the greats in American popular music: Alan Lomax and (Ferdinand) Jelly Roll Morton, the great New Orleans musician and originator of jazz.

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Includes bibliographical references and discography.

About the Author

Alan Lomax, with his father John A. Lomax, created the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress and published many anthologies, including American Ballads and Folk Songs and The Folk Songs of North America. Lomax produced the first albums of American folk song in 1939 and has edited more than a hundred recordings from all parts of the world. He received the National Medal of Arts in 1986. Lawrence Gushee is Professor Emeritus at the School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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ISBN:
9780520225305
Afterword:
Gushee, Lawrence
Author:
Martin, David Stone
Author:
Lomax, Alan
Author:
Gushee, Lawrence
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Jazz
Subject:
Jazz musicians
Subject:
Musiciens de jazz
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Subject:
Jazz musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Morton, Jelly Roll
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Edition, Updated, with a New Afterword by Lawrence Gushee
Series Volume:
1959
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 line illustrations, 19 music examples
Pages:
367
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 15 oz

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Product details 367 pages University of California Press - English 9780520225305 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This updated biography aims to invoke Jelly Roll's life and the atomosphere of the period in which Ferdinand Morton, and jazz, explored on the US and international scene. It includes a discography, a genealogical tree of his forebears and scores of Morton's own arrangements.
"Synopsis" by , A classic in the field of jazz and African-American studies, this is a collaborative biography, with a strong folkloric element (Jelly Roll having mastered the role of trickster), by two of the greats in American popular music: Alan Lomax and (Ferdinand) Jelly Roll Morton, the great New Orleans musician and originator of jazz.
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