Orchestral Recordings in the 1920s and 1930s of “Jelly Roll Blues/Original Jelly Roll Blu

by Albert Haim

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According to the doctor jazz web site,


On 22nd September 1915, Will Rossiter, the Chicago music publisher, copyrights ORIGINAL JELLY-ROLL BLUES. The registration number is Class E 372536 and the Catalogue of Copyright Entries lists this as for piano. Unfortunately the copyright deposit itself is missing, so we cant be sure whether this is the manuscript Morton produced when Henri Klickmann was unable to notate the piece, or the printed piano music. [MJR 150]

The illustrated cover of the published version is shown above as THE JELLY ROLL BLUES. In addition, Rossiter went on to publish a version of this for band and orchestra.

Mortons composition was recorded under both names, Original Jelly Roll Blues and Jelly Roll Blues. A terrific composition. The first time I heard it was by the Yerba Buena Jazz Band. Here is a list  of the orchestral recordings of the tune in the 1920s and 1930s.


Recordings as Jelly Roll Blues.

1. The first orchestral recording (either title) was, as you tell us, by the Original Memphis Five, Sep 22, 1923.




2. The next recording was by Lemuel Fowlers Washboards Wonders, Apr 6, 1926.


3. The California Rambles chimed in on Aug 12, 1927. Chelsea Quealey at his best, and, as noted by Ate van Delden in the liners for Timeless CBC-1090, a quote from Davenport Blues in the coda.




4. Finally (for the 1930s) Bunny Berigan on Nov 22, 1938.




Recordings as Original Jelly Roll Blues.


Only one in the 1920s and 1930s, the definitive version by Jelly Roll Mortons Red Hot Peppers, Dec 16, 1926.




I noticed you recorded the tune with Jim Dapogny in the 1990s.


Enjoy the music, whether you heard these before or not. A great tune and terrific recordings.







This message has been edited by ahaim on Oct 30, 2009 12:24 PM

Posted on Oct 30, 2009, 10:55 AM

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