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Jelly Roll Morton in Washington [Lecture]

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James Madison Building - 6th Floor

101 Independence Ave SE

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Jazz Scholar Lecture
“Jelly Roll Morton in Washington”
John Szwed in conversation with Stephen Winick, Editor, American Folklife Center

Jelly Roll Morton’s wide-ranging activities in Washington in the 1940’s included hosting a “History of Jazz” radio program on station WOL-AM, attempting to form an interracial film company, promoting boxing matches, and working with African American world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson to develop auto racing ventures. John Szwed’s Grammy-Award winning Doctor Jazz, published with the landmark Rounder Records box set Jelly Roll Morton: The Complete Library of Congress Recordings, provides fascinating background on Morton’s now-historic recording session on the Coolidge Auditorium stage.

Author, journalist and critic, John Szwed was Yale University’s John M. Musser Professor of Anthropology, African American Studies, and Film Studies for 26 years. He was formerly the Louis Armstrong Professor of Jazz Studies at Columbia University, and Editor-in-Chief of the website Jazz Studies Online.org. His eighteen books include acclaimed portraits of major figures in jazz, among them So What: The Life of Miles Davis; Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World; and Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth.

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