Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (ca. September 20, 1885 or October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941) was an American ragtime pianist, bandleader and composer who is considered to be one of the originators of jazz music.
Morton was a colorful character who liked to generate publicity for himself by bragging. His business card referred to him as the "Originator of Jazz", and during his life he was regarded as a source of rare historical information, despite his penchant for hyperbole.
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