Awards & Winners

Jelly Roll Morton

Date of Birth 20-October-1890
Place of Birth New Orleans
(Louisiana, United States of America, Area code 504)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Jelly Roll Morton, Jellyroll Morton, Jelly-Roll Morton, Morton, Jelly Roll, Frank Morton, Ferdinand Joseph Morton, Ferd (Jelly Roll) Morton, Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe
Profession Bandleader, Jazz Pianist, Musician, Composer, Vaudeville Performer, Pianist
Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton, was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who started his career in New Orleans, Louisiana. Widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early jazz, Morton is perhaps most notable as jazz's first arranger, proving that a genre rooted in improvisation could retain its essential spirit and characteristics when notated. His composition "Jelly Roll Blues" was the first published jazz composition, in 1915. Morton is also notable for naming and popularizing the "Spanish Tinge", and for writing such standards as "King Porter Stomp", "Wolverine Blues", "Black Bottom Stomp", and "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say", the latter a tribute to New Orleans personalities from the turn of the 19th century to 20th century. Reputed for his arrogance and self-promotion as often as recognized in his day for his musical talents, Morton claimed to have invented jazz outright in 1902 — much to the derision of later musicians and critics. The jazz historian, musician, and composer Gunther Schuller says of Morton's "hyperbolic assertions" that there is "no proof to the contrary" and that Morton's "considerable accomplishments in themselves provide reasonable substantiation". However, the scholar Katy Martin has argued that Morton's bragging was exaggerated by Alan Lomax in the book Mister Jelly Roll, and this portrayal has influenced public opinion and scholarship on Morton since.

Awards by Jelly Roll Morton

Check all the awards nominated and won by Jelly Roll Morton.


Grammy Hall of Fame Award
Honored for : Kansas City Stomp


Nominations 1992 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Tony Award for Best Original Score Jelly's Last Jam


Grammy Hall of Fame Award
Honored for : Jelly Roll Morton: The Saga of Mr. Jelly Lord