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>>Jelly Roll Morton
Dr Jelly Roll & Mr Hyde pay tribute to Jelly Roll Morton
For the avoidance of doubt...
...the idea of using Dr Jelly Roll and Mr Hyde is to combine the good-guy/bad-guy aspects of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with a musical reference. And Jelly Roll/Jekyll seemed like a good pun.
"Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941). Born Ferdinand Lamothe, he was the first great composer and piano player of Jazz. A talented arranger who wrote special scores that took advantage of the three-minute limitations of the 78 rpm records. But more than all these things, he was a real character whose spirit shines brightly through history, like his diamond studded smile. As a teenager Jelly Roll Morton worked in the whorehouses of Storyville as a piano player. From 1904 to 1917 Jelly Roll rambled around the South. He worked as a gambler, pool shark, pimp, vaudeville comedian and as a pianist. He was an important transitional figure between ragtime and jazz piano styles."
Quoted from Red Hot Jazz where you can read more about the man and listen to his music.
Hamish Currie's music stuff
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