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jelly roll mortonJelly Roll Morton, the colorful first composer of jazz, died prematurely after inadequate care for a stab wound delivered by a disgruntled woman at the club he ran in Chicago.

It's the kind of fitting death a jazz aficionado like Howard Moon (see The Mighty Boosh) would relish, but in reality it stole a pioneer musician from the world of jazz.

Jelly Roll, which is a slang reference to male and female genitalia, has a monumental catalog of work (the complete collection of which is available on The Complete Library of Congress Recordings).

The Crave, which I was recently introduced to, is just the tip of the iceberg -?he has an extensive career, but it is a rad place to start.

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Posted on November 19, 2007

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