The musicians who ventured out of New Orleans found jobs in various cities. These were the traveling days of New Orleans jazz, and many musicians recorded on the road. One of the early traveling musicians who managed to get into a recording studio was Jelly Roll Morton, who claimed later in life that he had invented jazz. Morton is known for his multi-sectioned, extended solo compositions that used the harmonic forms of classic ragtime: sixteen-bar strains, repeats, short bridging interludes, and a melodic central strain. Some of his most important compositions, both the piano solo versions and orchestrations, were published by Walter Melrose and his brother Lester. In 1923, Walter set up sessions with Gennett Records for solo piano versions of all of the major Morton compositions that he was publishing. Morton also made a handful of recordings with the Jelly Roll Morton’s Levee Band and Jelly Roll Morton’s Incomparables in 1924 and 1925.
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