Jelly Roll Morton
Publicity photograph, probably taken in Chicago
This photograph was first published, in a severely trimmed version, on Thursday, 18th August 1927 in The Milwaukee Journal, page 8, in a pictorial advertisement for “Jelly Roll” Morton and his Red Hot Peppers, who performed at the prestigious Alhambra Theater, 334 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  This M.C.A. promoted engagement commenced Saturday, 20th August 1927 and ran for one week.
The first time that the complete photograph was shown, was in A Pictorial History of Jazz (1955) by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer, page 65.  According to the text on the photograph, Morton was then under the management of Harry Moss, whose office was at 1547 Broadway, New York City.
Shown in Mr. Jelly Lord (1980) by Laurie Wright, page 71, and in Oh, Mister Jelly (1999) edited by William Russell, page 95, the latter with the text erased.
courtesy of Ate van Delden
© 2004 Ate van Delden Collection