Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton

Biography: Jelly Roll Morton (1890 – 1941) was the first great composer and piano player of Jazz. He was a talented arranger who wrote special scores that took advantage of the three-minute limitations of the 78 rpm records. But more than all these things, he was a real character whose spirit shines brightly through history,…

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Curtis Lee Mayfield

Biography: CURTIS LEE MAYFIELD (b. June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) by Mark Allred You are right. The music of Curtis Mayfield is not considered JAZZ. Yet he has influenced those who are considered jazz. In fact he has influenced many a genre as can be witnessed by the successful cover songs and numerous…

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