Jelly Roll Morton
Chicago, September 1926
This is, perhaps, the most well-known photograph of Jelly Roll, taken when he was at the height of his career. At least three publicity photographs were taken in September 1926 — two with the first Red Hot Peppers — and this one of a pensive Morton sitting at a grand piano. The photograph, by Bloom of Chicago, was probably taken in the ballroom of the Webster Hotel, Chicago, where Morton’s first Victor recordings took place.
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. 
The photograph first appeared on the cover of the sheet music of Frog-i-more Rag, published in 1947 by Roy Carew (photograph courtesy of Dave Stuart of Jazz Man Record Shop). 
Shown in Mr. Jelly Lord (1980) by Laurie Wright, page 40, and in Oh, Mister Jelly (1999) edited by William Russell, page 162, both severely cropped.
courtesy of Ate van Delden
© 2006 Ate van Delden Collection