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Jelly Roll Morton "COURTHOUSE BUMP" (1929)

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Published on Nov 3, 2009

"Courthouse Bump"
Composed by Jelly Roll Morton
Performed by Jelly Roll Morton and his Orchestra
Recorded July 9, 1929, Camden, New Jersey

Personnel:
Jelly Roll Morton - piano, director
Boyd Rositer - trumpet
Walter Briscoe - trumpet
Charlie Irvis -trombone
George Baquet - clarinet
Paul Barnes - soprano saxophone
Joe Thomas - alto saxophone
Walter Thomas - tenor saxophone
Barney Alexander - banjo
Harry Prather - brass bass
William Lewis - drums

Ferdinand Joseph Morton (Jelly Roll Morton) (1890-1941)
Major early jazz figure as pianist, band leader and composer. Started playing piano in New Orleans with a style with ragtime roots, but style unique, advanced in harmony, composition and solo conception. In the early 1900s played in New Orleans "sporting houses". Jobs throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. Toured south with minstrel show around 1909-1911. 1911-1917 Jobbed in St. Louis, Kansas City. Jazz composition, "Jelly Roll Blues" published in Chicago in 1917. Based in California five years, worked all over the west coast. Back in Chicago, 1923, worked for Melrose Brothers Music Company, had more jazz pieces published. Began extensive recording in 1923 using small groumps of excellent jazzmen. Greatest recording period 1926-1930 for Victor. During this period toured with other bands, led groups. In 1928 led band at New York's Rose Danceland. Jobbed in New York early 1930s. Led band 1935-1936, settled in Washington D.C., 1937-1938 in comparitive obscurity. Managed jazz club, also performed. Alan Lomax recorded him solo on long series for archives of Library of Congress. More recording sessions 1939-1940, limited engagements in New york 1939 and California 1940. Ill health 1940-1941, before death.

Other compositions:
Pearls, King Porter Stomp, Winin' Boy Blues, Wolverine Blues, Milenberg Joys, Wild man Blues, Shoe Skinner Blues, Shoe Shiner's Drag, The Cave, Buddy Boldens's Blues, Perfect Rag, Frog-I-More Rag, Kansas City Stomp

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