Jelly Roll Morton Similar Artists

James P. Johnson - 100% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Price Johnson, 1 February 1894, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, d. 17 November 1955, New York City, New York, USA. Taught piano by his mother, Johnson assimilated a wide range of musical styles. In the years following his family’s relocation to New York, he continued his studies and by his late teens was working in clubs in the Hell’s Kitchen district. Johnso Read more

Bix Beiderbecke - 64% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leon Bix Beiderbecke, 10 March 1903, Davenport, Iowa, USA, d. 6 August 1931, New York City, New York, USA. One of the legends of jazz, a role he would doubtless have found wryly amusing had he lived to know of it, Bix Beiderbecke entered music when he began picking out tunes on piano and cornet at the age of 15. Inspired by records of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and by Read more

Fats Waller - 48% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Jazz Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Wright Waller, 21 May 1904, Waverley, New York, USA, d. 15 December 1943, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Influenced by his grandfather, a violinist, and his mother, Waller was playing piano at students’ concerts and organ in his father’s church by the time he was 10 years old. In 1918, while still in high school, he was asked to fill in for the regular organist Read more

King Oliver - 48% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 May 1885, Abend, Louisiana, USA, d. 10 April 1938, Savannah, Georgia, USA. Raised in New Orleans, cornettist Joe ‘King’ Oliver became well known through appearances with local marching and cabaret bands during the early years of this century. After playing with notable early jazzmen such as Kid Ory and Richard M. Jones in 1918, he left for Chicago and two years Read more

Sidney Bechet - 45% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 May 1897, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 14 May 1959, Paris, France. A major figure in early jazz, an outstanding clarinettist, and for decades the only performer of consequence on soprano saxophone, Sidney Bechet’s career began in 1909. During the next few years he played clarinet in bands led by legendary musicians such as Buddy Petit, John Robichaux and Bunk John Read more

Fletcher Henderson - 42% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, 18 December 1897, Cuthbert, Georgia, USA, d. 28 December 1952, New York City, New York, USA. One of the most important figures in the development of big band music, in the early 30s Henderson set the standards by which early big band jazz was measured. He did this through a combination of selecting leading jazz players for his band and, together Read more

Kid Ory - 40% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Ory, 25 December 1886, La Place, Louisiana, USA, d. 23 January 1973, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. A gifted, hard-blowing trombonist and a competitive musician, Ory came to New Orleans when in his mid-twenties and he quickly established a fearsome reputation. An aggressive music maker and a tireless self-promoter, he was determined to be successful and very quickly was. By 1 Read more

Bessie Smith - 33% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 April 1894, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, d. 26 September 1937, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. In her childhood, Smith sang on street corners before joining a touring black minstrel show as a dancer. Also in the show was Ma Rainey, and before long the young newcomer was also singing the blues. The older woman encouraged Smith, despite the fact that even at this early stage Read more

Charlie Parker - 32% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Christopher Parker, 29 August 1920, Kansas City, Kansas, USA, d. 12 March 1955, New York City, New York, USA. Although he was born on the Kansas side of the state line, Parker was actually raised across the Kaw River in Kansas City, Missouri. His nickname was originally ‘Yardbird’ due to his propensity for eating fried chicken - later this was shortened to Read more

Louis Armstrong - 32% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Jazz Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts New Age Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 August 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 6 July 1971, New York City, New York, USA. It is impossible to overstate Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong’s importance in jazz, as he was one of the most influential artists in the music’s history. He was also more than just a jazz musician, he was an enormously popular entertainer (a facet upon which some critics f Read more

Cole Porter - 31% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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9 June 1891, Peru, Indiana, USA, d. 15 October 1964, Santa Monica, California, USA. One of the outstanding composers and lyricists of the twentieth century, Porter was born into a rich family, and studied music from an early age. In his teens he excelled in many academic subjects, and wrote songs and played the piano for his own amusement - activities he later pursued at Yal Read more

Duke Ellington - 31% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Classical Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Kennedy Ellington, 29 April 1899, Washington, DC, USA, d. 24 May 1974, New York City, New York, USA. Ellington began playing piano as a child but, despite some local success, took up a career as a sign-painter. In his teens he continued to play piano, studied harmony, composed his first tunes and was generally active in music in Washington. Among his childhood friends Read more

Horace Silver - 31% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, 2 September 1928, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. Silver studied piano and tenor saxophone at school, settling on the former instrument for his professional career. Early influences included Portuguese folk music (from his father), blues and bop. He formed a trio for local gigs which included backing visiting musicians. One such visitor, Stan Get Read more

Sonny Rollins - 31% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Walter Rollins, 7 September 1929, New York City, New York, USA. Although an older brother played violin and, at the age of nine, he took piano lessons, Rollins was destined for the saxophone. In 1944 he played alto saxophone in high school and when he left in 1947 he began gigging round New York on tenor. His first inspiration was Coleman Hawkins, but he was well aw Read more

Art Tatum - 30% match to Jelly Roll Morton

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 October 1909, Toledo, Ohio, USA, d. 5 November 1956, Los Angeles, California, USA. Born into a musical family, Tatum was handicapped from birth by impaired sight. Blind in one eye and only partially sighted in the other, he nevertheless studied piano formally and learned to read music. By his mid-teens he was playing professionally in Toledo. He played briefly in the Spee Read more


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