"Jelly's Blues" recounts the tumultuous life of Jelly Roll Morton (ca., 18851941). A virtuoso pianist with a larger-than-life personality, he composed such influential early jazz pieces as "King Porter Stomp" and "New Orleans Blues." However, by the late 1930s, he was nearly forgotten. In 1992, the death of an eccentric memorabilia collector led to the unearthing of a startling archive, revealing Morton to be a much more complex and passionate man than many realized. An especially immediate and visceral look into the jazz worlds of New Orleans and Chicago, "Jelly's Blues" is a definitive biography, a long overdue look at one of the twentieth century's most important composers.
"A standout achievement...redeems a misunderstood life...an invaluable record of Morton's brilliant rise and bitter fall."