Website update - 3 items of great historical interest
- Hello all,
The website has been updated with 3 items of great historical
interest to devotees of Jelly Roll Morton and J. Lawrence Cook.
Genealogist Peter Hanley sends an article on Sammy (Sam) Davis), who
Jelly Roll recalled on the Library of Congress recordings as, "One of
the greatest manipulators, I guess I've ever seen in the history of
the world on a piano". This accompanies Davis's WW1 draft
Prof. Lawrence Gushee and Dr. Charles Nolan, Archivist of the
Archdiocese, send details of an entry from the Baptismal Register of
St. Joseph's Church, Tulane Avenue, New Orleans for Ferdinand Joseph
Lemott (Lamothe). Also included is Jelly Roll's Certificate of
Baptism. Accompanying the above is a stunning photograph of St.
Joseph's Church, courtesy of New Orleans historian Mark J. Plotkin
Prof. Brian Dolan and Prof. Alan Wallace send the 5th in a series of
articles written by J. Lawrence Cook for the International Musician
magazine, dated June 1941. Mention of Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson and
Art Tatum. The article also includes scans of hand-written music
examples by Cook.
The above items can be accessed from the grey UPDATED BOX at:
Future articles and WW1 draft registration cards will include : Zez
Confrey, Joseph Lamb, Lester Melrose, Warren "Baby" Dodds, Fletcher
Henderson, Lee S. Roberts and Percy Wenrich.
- Thank you Mike--the current state of Morton scholarship is admirable,
All dates considered (and especially now the Mexican visa), a Morton
birthdate of September 20, 1890 seems most likely (though 1889 was the
year named by those closest to him)... I feel this does not
invalidate Jelly's claims of jazz authorship in the first years of the
20th century--it's not implausible that he wrote "New Orleans Blues"
at the age of 12 or 13, especially as he openly acknowledged the
assistance of piano teacher Frank Richards.