Jelly Roll Morton
outside the Cadillac Cafe, Los Angeles, California
c. September / October 1917
shown left to right are:
“Common Sense” Ross, Albertine Pickens, Jelly Roll Morton, Ada “Bricktop” Smith, Eddie Rucker and Mabel Watts.
Ross and Rucker formed a singer-comedian team. At the time of this photograph Morton was working in the Cadillac Café in Los Angeles. Morton was probably in charge of the Cadillac’s vaudeville show. About the same time he accompanied the Panama Trio, a group of three girl singers.
This photograph was first published in New Orleans Jazz: A Family Album by Al Rose and Edmond Souchon, 1967, page 296. 
Shown in Mr. Jelly Lord (1980) by Laurie Wright, page 205, and in Oh, Mister Jelly (1999) edited by William Russell, page 453.
courtesy of Ate van Delden
© 2004 Ate van Delden Collection