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Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton (1890–1941)

Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton was born on October 20, 1890 in Gulfport, Louisiana, USA as Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe. He died on July 10, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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  Darker Than You Think (as Jellyroll Morton, "Red Hot Pepper", "New Orleans Bump") / (writer: "Creepy Feeling" - as Jellyroll Morton) (announced)
 2013 The Great Gatsby (performer: "New Orleans Bump (Monrovia)" - as Jelly Roll Morton) / (writer: "New Orleans Bump (Monrovia)" - as Ferd "Jelly Roll" Morton)
  Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 2011 - 2012) (writer - 2 episodes, 2011 - 2012)
- Spaghetti and Coffee (2012) ... (performer: "Original Jelly Roll Blues, Begun" - as Jelly Roll Morton, uncredited) / (writer: "Original Jelly Roll Blues, Begun" - as Jelly Roll Morton, uncredited)
- What Does the Bee Do? (2011) ... (performer: "The Crave" - uncredited) / (writer: "The Crave" - uncredited)
  Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (TV Series) (1 episode, 2012) (performer - 2 episodes, 2012) (writer - 2 episodes, 2012)
- Queen of the Flowers (2012) ... (performer: "Jungle Blues" - uncredited) / (writer: "Jungle Blues" - uncredited)
- Murder on the Ballarat Train (2012) ... ("Dr. Jazz Stomp")
- Cocaine Blues (2012) ... (performer: "Kansas City Stomp") / (writer: "Kansas City Stomp")
 2011 The Big Something (performer: "Original Rags" - as Jelly Roll Morton)
 2011 Mildred Pierce (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Part One (2011) ... (writer: "Milenberg Joys")
 2010 Those Old Trailers (Short) (performer: "New Orleans Bump") / (writer: "New Orleans Bump")
 2010/I Burlesque (writer: "Black Bottom Stomp", "New Orleans Bump")
 2010 Beginners (performer: "Sweet Jazz Music", "Mamanita", "Buddy Bertrand's Blues No. 1" - as Jelly Roll Morton) / (writer: "Sweet Jazz Music", "Mamanita", "Buddy Bertrand's Blues No. 1" - as Joseph Ferdinand Morton)
 2009 The National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Going Home: 1920-1933 (2009) ... (performer: "Tin Roof Blues" - as Jelly Roll Morton)
 2009 Public Enemies (writer: "King Porter Stomp" (1923))
 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (writer: "Milenberg Joys" - as Ferdinand Morton)
 2008 Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.6 (2008) ... (performer: "Boogie Woogie")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes, 2004 - 2005) (performer - 1 episode, 2004)
- Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton (2005) ... (writer: "Wild Man Blues" - as F. Morton)
- The Political Dr. Seuss (2004) ... (performer: "Mr. Jelly Lord" - as Jelly Roll Morton) / (writer: "Mr. Jelly Lord" - as F. Morton)
 2005 Springet (performer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 2004 The Aviator (music: "Milenberg Joys" (1925) - as Ferdinand Morton)
 2004 Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (Documentary) (writer: "Deep Creek", "New Orleans Bump", "Buddy Bolden's Blues", "Sidewalk Blues", "Black Bottom Stomp", "King Porter Stomp", "Courthouse Bump", "Big Lip Blues")
 2004 Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Broadway's Lost Treasures II (2004) ... ("That's How You Jazz")
 2004 Deadwood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- No Other Sons or Daughters (2004) ... (performer: "Stars and Stripes Forever" - as Jelly Roll Morton, uncredited)
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Warming by the Devil's Fire (2003) ... (performer: "Turtle Twist", "Hyena Stomp" - as Jelly Roll Morton) / (writer: "Turtle Twist", "Hyena Stomp" - as F.J. Morton)
 2002 Road to Perdition (music: "Sidewalk Blues" (1926) - as Ferd "Jelly Roll" Morton)
 1999 Guinevere (writer: "Jungle Blues" (1927) - as Jelly Roll Morton)
 1998 La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (performer: "Big Fat Ham", "The Crave", "The Finger Breaker" - as 'Jelly Roll' Morton) / (writer: "Big Fat Ham", "The Crave", "The Finger Breaker") / (writer: "Jungle Blues" - as Fred Morton)
 1998 The Newton Boys (writer: "The Pearls", "Milenberg Joys", "Sweet Substitute", "Wild Man Blues")
 1997 Wild Man Blues (Documentary) (writer: "Wild Man Blues" - as Ferdinand Joseph Morton)
 1996 Last Man Standing (performer: "Boogaboo") / (writer: "Boogaboo" - as Ferdinand Joseph Morton)
  Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 3 episodes, 1994) (performer - 1 episode, 1994)
- Shadow Ball (1994) ... (writer: "King Porter Stomp" - as Jelly Roll Morton)
- A National Heirloom (1994) ... (performer: "Boogaboo" - as Jelly Roll Morton) / (writer: "Boogaboo", "Chicago Breakdown" - as Jelly Roll Morton)
- The Faith of Fifty Million People (1994) ... (writer: "King Porter Stomp" - as Jelly Roll Morton)
 1994 Crumb (Documentary) (writer: "Frog-I-More Rag")
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (performer: "Fat Meat and Greens") / (writer: "Fat Meat and Greens")
 1993 Undercover Blues (performer: "Black Bottom Stomp") / (writer: "Black Bottom Stomp" - as Ferdinand Joseph Morton)
 1992 The 46th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (music: "That's How You Jazz")
 1990 Miller's Crossing ("King Porter Stomp")
 1986 Daar gaat de bruid (TV Movie) (writer: "Black Bottom Stomp" - uncredited)
 1978 Interiors (writer: "Wolverine Blues" (1923))
 1978 Pretty Baby (writer: "Winin' Boy Blues", "Big Lip Blues" - uncredited)
 1969 Women in Love (music: "Kansas City Stomp" - uncredited)
 1958 Jazz Party (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 December 1958 (1958) ... (writer: "Buddy Bolden's Blues")
 1958 Les tricheurs (as Morton, "Wild Man Blues")
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story (writer: "King Porter Stomp")
 1947 New Orleans (writer: "Buddy Bolden's Blues", "Milenberg Joys", "King Porter Stomp" - uncredited)
 1946 It's a Wonderful Life (writer: "King Porter Stomp" - uncredited)
 1945 Solid Senders (Short) (writer: "King Porter Stomp")
 1944 Hollywood Canteen (music: "King Porter Stomp" (1923) - uncredited)
 1933 Abe Lyman & Band (Short) (music: "Milenburg Joys" - uncredited)
 1929 Rhythms (Short) (music: "Milenberg Joys" - uncredited)
 1929 Tal Henry and His North Carolinians (Short) (music: "Milenberg Joys" - uncredited)
 1914 Tillie's Punctured Romance (performer: "New Orleans Bump") / (writer: "New Orleans Bump")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single (w/The Red Hot Peppers): "Doctor Jazz Stomp" (Biltmore Records) See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »

Did You Know?


A master at self-promotion, he regarded himself -- rather than W.C. Handy -- as the creator of jazz (in 1902), billing himself as the Originator of Jazz, Stomps and Blues. See more »


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