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Jelly Roll Morton
Washington, D.C. c. 1937

This photograph was first published in The Washington Daily News dated Saturday, 19th March 1938, page 6, in an article by Harold Phillips about Morton performing at the “Blue Moon” nightclub at 1211 U Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. [16]

The article is reproduced in Oh, Mister Jelly (1999) edited by William Russell, page 24.

The “Blue Moon” nightclub, was formerly named the “Jungle Inn” and later the “Music Box.” The photograph was probably taken at the “Jungle Inn” in 1937. In this photograph Jelly is missing one of his front teeth. Was it the one with his diamond?

Shown in Mr. Jelly Lord (1980) by Laurie Wright, page 84, and in Oh, Mister Jelly (1999) edited by William Russell, page 24.

courtesy of Ate van Delden

2004 Ate van Delden Collection

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