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A Compendium of Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton: The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax presents the exhaustive recordings made by the sound documentarian.

Review
19:52

Music from Jelly Roll Morton

The critically acclaimed show Jelly Roll featured music from jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton, with a script based on interviews with Morton from the 1930s. In this interview, which originally aired Nov. 12, 1992, writer, producer and star Vernel Bagneris and pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen perform from the show.

14:24

A Theatrical "Me-Morial" for Jelly Roll Morton

Actor and playwright Vernel Bagneris and pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen perform selections from their show, "Jelly Roll Morton: A Me-morial," with music written by Morton, and a script taken from Library of Congress tapes of Morton from 1938. The New Yorker calls it, "an experimental study, done within a traditional Broadway-musical framework, of the life and death of a black misanthrope. . . a psychomusical." This concert was first broadcast in 1992.

22:36

A Theatrical "Me-Morial" for Jelly Roll Morton

Actor and playwright Vernel Bagneris and pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen perform selections from their show, "Jelly Roll Morton: A Me-morial," with music written by Morton, and a script taken from Library of Congress tapes of Morton from 1938. The New Yorker calls it, "an experimental study, done within a traditional Broadway-musical framework, of the life and death of a black misanthrope. . . a psychomusical."

21:45

Jelly Roll Morton's Legacy in Music and Theater

Playwright and director George C. Wolfe. He wrote and directed the hit Broadway musical Jelly's Last Jam, starring Gregory Hines, about Jelly Roll Morton. Wolfe also wrote the play The Colored Museum, a satire about the black experience in America. Jazz pianist and composer Joel Forrester joins the interview to perform some of Morton's music.

07:00

The Evolution of Jazz Piano

New Fresh Air performer-in-residence Dick Hyman plays some of the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Hyman says the pianist and composer bridged the gap between ragtime and jazz, incorporating the phrasing and style of wind and reed players.

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49:17

In-Studio Concert with Vernel Bagneris and Morten Larsen.

Vernel Bagneris is a playwright, actor, and dancer. He wrote, directed, and acts in the musical "One Mo' Time," now playing in Philadelphia. The musical is set in 1920s' New Orleans and draws heavily on the jazz from that time and place. It centers around a touring group of vaudevillians performing at the segregated Lyric Theater. Bagneris describes it as a "piece on Black theater history." Bagneris and pianist Morten Larsen give an in-studio concert sharing music from the show's time period.

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