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Jelly Roll Morton
Publicity photograph, probably taken in the Bloom photograph studio in Chicago, c. 1927

All publications of this photograph stem from a copy that Morton dedicated to his favourite clarinet player Omer Simeon (1902-1959), who was born in New Orleans, but trained in Chicago. The text reads:

With Best Wishes
to my friend
Omer Simeon
“Jelly Roll” Morton  

The photograph, not including the dedication text, may first have appeared on the front cover of Folio No. 1 of “Jelly Roll” Morton’s Famous Series of Blues & Stomps for Piano, published by Herman Darewski, London, c. 1944. [25]

The Bloom photograph studio was located in the State-Lake Theatre Building, Chicago. Bloom advertised in the New York Dramatic Mirror on 4th June 1921. [39]

Shown in Mr. Jelly Lord (1980) by Laurie Wright, page 211 and in Oh, Mister Jelly (1999) edited by William Russell, page 396.

courtesy of Ate van Delden

2004 Ate van Delden Collection

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