Aug 22, 2013 - Ferdinand "Jelly Roll Morton" (1890 - 1941) born Ferdinand Lamothe. See more ideas about Jelly roll morton, Music and Ferdinand. Piano player Jelly Roll Morton was a pioneer of modern American jazz. He grew up in New Orleans and began playing in saloons and brothels when he was still a boy. In later years he performed solo and with his band, the Red Hot Peppers, and he is particularly remembered for a series of recordings he made in Chicago for RCA Victor in the 1920s. One of the very first giants of jazz, Jelly Roll Morton did himself a lot of harm posthumously by exaggerating his worth, claiming to have invented jazz in 1902. Morton ’ s accomplishments as an early Read More Jelly Roll Morton was a master; his music is always recognizable because of a special quality he imparted to the musicians with whom he recorded. Anyone interested in jazz should have this collection. This set of five CD's is, in the first place, a bargain. Jelly Roll Morton – The King Of New Orleans Jazz ... "THE KING OF NEW ORLEANS JAZZ JELLY ROLL MORTON famous recordings with his RED HOT PEPPERS".