Jelly Roll Morton
Publicity photograph, taken in Chicago, c. 1924
The earliest known publication of this photograph accompanied an article in The Music Trades dated 21st June 1924, page 29.  It shows a cut-out portrait of Fred (sic) Morton and is illustrated in a more upright position.
The article mentions that the Vocalstyle Music Co. has just completed a complete recording of all of “Jelly Roll” Morton’s blues and rag numbers. The releases will be known as the “Jelly Roll Morton’s Famous Rag-Stomp and Blues Series.” They will include “Kansas City Stomps,” “Grandpa’s Spells,” “King Porter,” “Mr. Jelly Lord,” “New Orleans Blues,” “The Pearls,” “Wolverine Blues,” “Alabama Nights,” “London Blues,” “Chicago Breakdown,” “Shreveport Stomps” and “Any Ox.”
The full picture shown here originates from A Pictorial History of Jazz (1955) by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer, page 61.  It is slightly clipped and only partially reveals the name of the photograph studio as . . . rls Chicago.
Shown in Mr. Jelly Lord (1980) by Laurie Wright, page 19, not shown in Oh, Mister Jelly (1999) edited by William Russell.
courtesy of Ate van Delden
© 2004 Ate van Delden Collection