In 1915, when “The ‘Jelly Roll’ Blues” was published, the word “jazz” was just beginning to be used – on the West Coast in reference to baseball and in Chicago about a new music.The sheet music cover and image of Morton are courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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In 1915, when “The ‘Jelly Roll’ Blues” was published, the word “jazz” was just beginning to be used – on the West Coast in reference to baseball and in Chicago about a new music.The sheet music cover and image of Morton are courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Jelly Roll Morton born in New Orleans

On Oct. 20, 1890, Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe was born – or maybe it was 1885. Either way, Ferd took his stepfather’s last name, Mouton; changed it from the French spelling to distance himself from his Creole heritage; rechristened himself Jelly Roll Morton; and went on to become one of the earliest musicians to play jazz and the first to publish a jazz composition. Part of the confusion about the year of his birth is due to the fact that he claimed to have invented jazz in 1902. Some think that he amended his birth date to make his claim … Continue reading →

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Read the fine print

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Molly Manson

Jelly Roll Morton was bilked out of close to a million dollars by unscrupulous men in the music industry. He is not alone in that. The Beatles did not retain copyright to their early music, nor did many other musicians.

The possible reasons for this are many. Musicians often don't read or understand the content of the contracts they sign, or they trust people who turn out to be untrustworthy, or they place value on making music rather than on being compensated for their work. Whatever the reason, many musicians and other people who have created intellectual property find themselves … Continue reading →

Mob Rule

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Molly Manson

This week's feature is about justice gone awry, to put it mildly. The tie-ins to using the newspaper in your classroom are fairly obvious:

Look for instances when justice has been thwarted. Find an example of crowds turning into mobs. Did that happen in the United States? If not, where did it happen, and could it happen here?

In the story of the New Orleans' lynching, what prompted the mob action against people who had been declared not guilty by the judicial system? Are there other examples when a guilty verdict or court ruling when popular opinion were … Continue reading →

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