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Jelly Roll Morton and His Red Hot Peppers
Chicago, September 1926

Jelly Roll Morton is shown lecturing his very first Red Hot Peppers band.

standing left to right:

Omer Simeon (cl); Andrew Hilaire (d); John Lindsay (sb); Johnny St. Cyr (bj-g); Kid Ory (tb) and George Mitchell (c)

The photograph was probably taken in the ballroom of the Webster Hotel, Chicago. 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]

At the same session another photograph of the Red Hot Peppers was taken, where they were shown playing their instruments.

This photograph was first published in A Pictorial History of Jazz, by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer (1955), page 62. [3]

Shown in Mr. Jelly Lord (1980) by Laurie Wright, page 209, and in Oh, Mister Jelly (1999) edited by William Russell, page 404.

courtesy of Ate van Delden

2004 Ate van Delden Collection

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