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"London Blues"

London Blues
Ferdinand "Jelly Roll"
Morton (1890-1941)
"London Blues" [1923]
Holograph score, in ink.
Music Division
Copyright Deposit (153.5)

Composer, arranger, and pianist Jelly Roll Morton's music represents a synthesis of African-American musical idioms, Hispanic-Caribbean music, and white popular song, all accessible to the young Morton in his native New Orleans. He began his career as a pianist in the Gulf Coast states, eventually traveling to New York before settling first in Los Angeles and later in Chicago-by then the new center of jazz activity-in 1922. "London Blues" dates from his six-year sojourn in Chicago.
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