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The Pearls: More Jelly Roll Morton

One could reasonably argue that Jelly Roll Morton was the first great composer in jazz. Morton took it a step further. “I tell you the truth, of course, anytime, you hear anybody, anywhere playin’ jazz, what they playin’ is Jelly Roll.”

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Jimmy McPartland: Hot Jazz & Good Times

When Jimmy McPartland first heard the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, he picked up a cornet— and blew into jazz history. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band  celebrates Jimmy McPartland’s birthday this month with clarinetist Evan Christopher, pianist Dick Hyman, and sax man Vince Giordano.

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