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Jelly Roll Morton

 
Jelly Roll Morton Headshot
Date of Birth: October 20, 1890
Date of Death: July 10, 1941 (50)

Birth Place: New Orleans, LA, USA
 

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Photos

Mark G Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) with the cast of JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature The Photo

Mark G Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) with the cast of JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre

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08/10/2016
Mark G Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) with the cast of JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature The Photo

Mark G Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) with the cast of JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre

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Date:
08/10/2016
Mark G Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) and Felicia Boswell (Anita) Photo

Mark G Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) and Felicia Boswell (Anita)

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Date:
08/10/2016
Mark G Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) with the cast of JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature The Photo

Mark G Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) with the cast of JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre

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Date:
08/10/2016
Mark G Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) with the cast of JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature The Photo

Mark G Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) with the cast of JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre

From: 
Date:
08/10/2016
 
Writing
Composer
Lyricist
Composer/Lyricist
Composer

Jelly Roll Morton Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1995 - Best Off Broadway Musical Gold Star
Jelly Roll
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Jelly Roll Morton , Jelly's Last Jam

Jelly Roll Morton News

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater Announce July 2022 Schedule Photo Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater Announce July 2022 Schedule
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2022

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this July with a full slate of nightly performances! At Birdland Jazz Club, catch Jay Leonhardt and John Weber Duo, Remy LeBeouf Assembly of Shadows Orchestra and more. Birdland Theater will present Tony DeSare, Maurizio Spista Organ Trio and more.

See Stacey Kent, Tuck & Patti and More Coming Up at Birdland Photo See Stacey Kent, Tuck & Patti and More Coming Up at Birdland
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 19, 2022

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater have announced jazz programming running June 21 through July 4. Artists appearing at Birdland Jazz Club include Stacey Kent, Ron Aprea Big Band, Tuck & Patti and Eyal Vilner Big Band.

BIRDLAND Announces Programming Through June 19th Photo BIRDLAND Announces Programming Through June 19th
by Marissa Tomeo - Jun 4, 2022

Below, you'll find details on all jazz programming at Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater running June 6 through June 19. Artists appearing at Birdland Jazz Club include Yellowjackets, Terraza Big Band, Frank Catalano Quartet, Danilo Perez & His Global Messengers and New London Big Band. 

BIRDLAND Announces Programming Through June 30th Photo BIRDLAND Announces Programming Through June 30th
by Marissa Tomeo - May 29, 2022

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are proudly open this June with a full slate of nightly performances! At Birdland Jazz Club, catch the Liebman, Brecker, Copland Quintet, Greg Ruvolo Big Band, Yellowjackets, Terraza Big Band, Anita Gillette and Lee Roy Reams, Frank Catalano Quartet, Danilo Perez & His Global Messengers, New London Big Band, Stacey Kent, Ron Aprea Big Band, Linda Lavin and Tuck & Patti.

DIGNITY, ALWAYS DIGNITY, JELLY'S LAST JAM Concert & More Announced for Long Wharf The Photo DIGNITY, ALWAYS DIGNITY, JELLY'S LAST JAM Concert & More Announced for Long Wharf Theatre 2022/2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 26, 2022

Long Wharf Theatre yesterday announced the launch of its 2022/2023 season, ‚ÄúEverywhere for Everyone.‚ÄĚ Under its new model, audiences will see programming radiating out from the institution's storied home at 222 Sargent Drive and into communities across Greater New Haven.

BIRDLAND Announces Programming Through June 5th Photo BIRDLAND Announces Programming Through June 5th
by Marissa Tomeo - May 21, 2022

Below, you'll find details on all jazz programming at Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater running May 24 - June 5. Artists appearing at Birdland Jazz Club include The Tierney Sutton Band, Robert Edwards Big Band, Brecker-Liebman-Copland Quintet and Greg Ruvolo Big Band.

Park Avenue Armory to Present ARCHER AYMES LOST AND FOUND RETROSPECTIVE: A JUNETEENTH Photo Park Avenue Armory to Present ARCHER AYMES LOST AND FOUND RETROSPECTIVE: A JUNETEENTH EXHIBITION
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 16, 2022

Park Avenue Armory will continue its Making Space Public Programming series with Archer Aymes Lost and Found Retrospective: A Juneteenth Exhibition, Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 3pm to 6pm. Audiences explore the legacy of emancipation through an immersive installation and operatic performance.

What's Coming Up At Birdland: Jazz Programming May 17 - May 29 Photo What's Coming Up At Birdland: Jazz Programming May 17 - May 29
by A.A. Cristi - May 13, 2022

Get full details for Jazz programming coming up at Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater, May 17 - May 29:

The HISTORY Channel Launches HISTORY Travel Program Photo The HISTORY Channel Launches HISTORY Travel Program
by Michael Major - May 12, 2022

With a robust domestic and international slate, HISTORY Travel’s first trip kicks off in colorful jazz epicenter New Orleans in November 2022, followed by Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in December.  Additional destinations include England, Greece, Italy, France, Gettysburg & Antietam and Yellowstone National Park. 

BIRDLAND Announces Programming Through May 22nd Photo BIRDLAND Announces Programming Through May 22nd
by Marissa Tomeo - May 7, 2022

Below, you'll find details on all jazz programming at Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater running May 9 - May 22. Artists appearing at Birdland Jazz Club include Bill Charlap Trio and Solo, NYC All-City Latin Ensemble and the Fat Cats, Eliane Elias, and George Gee Orchestra. 

Jelly Roll Morton Videos

VIDEO: First Look at Theater Latté Da's JELLY'S LAST JAM VideoVIDEO: First Look at Theater Latté Da's JELLY'S LAST JAM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

Theater Latté Da is presenting JELLY'S LAST JAM, the story of self-proclaimed inventor of jazz, Jelly Roll Morton. The area premiere production features an all Twin Cities-based cast including Reese Britts as Jelly Roll Morton and Andre Shoals as The Chimney Man.

VIDEO: George C. Wolfe Talks THE ICEMAN COMETH on Icons and Innovators Series VideoVIDEO: George C. Wolfe Talks THE ICEMAN COMETH on Icons and Innovators Series
by Stage Tube - Jun 30, 2018

On June 21, Susan Fales-Hill sat down for an intimate conversation with George C. Wolfe, the award-winning director and playwright who returned to Broadway this year with the new production of The Iceman Cometh.

VIDEO: 30 Days of Tony! Day 14- George C. Wolfe Secures the Broadway Legacy of SHUFFL VideoVIDEO: 30 Days of Tony! Day 14- George C. Wolfe Secures the Broadway Legacy of SHUFFLE ALONG
by Stage Tube - May 25, 2018

On Day 14 of 30 Days of Tony, we celebrate another Best Direction of A Play nominee, legendary artist George C. Wolfe.

STAGE TUBE: Let's Roll! Watch Highlights from JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 9, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed byJared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs now through September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch highlights from the show!

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes with JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 3, 2016

Below, check out the cast of Jelly's Last Jam in the rehearsal room, plus watch Signature's talented, hardworking tech crew transform the MAX Theatre from a drag club on the French Riviera in La Cage aux Folles to the Jungle Inn, a 1920s jazz club, for Jelly's Last Jam!

STAGE TUBE: New Trailer for JELLY'S LAST JAM, Starring Mark G Meadows and Cleavant Derricks at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jul 21, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs August 2 - September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch a teaser for the show!

BWW TV: Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special - George C. Wolfe on Why THE NORMAL HEART Touches His Heart
by Broadway Beat - May 29, 2011

The 2011 Tony Award nominees were announced live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The next day, proud nominees gathered at the Millenium Hotel in Times Square to celebrate and meet the press. Broadway Beat was on hand, of course, to speak with all of the proud nominees. In anticipation of Tony night on June 12, 2011, BroadwayWorld will be bringing you new clips of the stars in conversation each week so be sure to check back! Below, we bring you George C. Wolfe, Best Director of a Play nominee for The Normal Heart. Wolfe gained national recognition with his 1991 musical Jelly's Last Jam, a musical about the life of jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton; after a Los Angeles opening, the play moved to Broadway, where it received 11 Tony nominations and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical. Two years later, Wolfe famously directed Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches to great critical acclaim, as well as a Tony award. Wolfe also directed the world premiere of the second part of Angels, Perestroika, the following year. Wolfe served as artistic director and producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater from 1993-2004. During his tenure, he created the musical Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, which won him a second Tony Award for direction. Additional credits include Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change, The Wild Party, Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Topdog/Underdog,and a new translation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Austin Pendleton.


Jelly Roll Morton Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Jelly Roll Morton written?
Jelly Roll Morton has written 3 shows including Jelly's Last Jam (Composer), Jelly Roll (Composer/Lyricist), Jelly Roll! (Composer).

What awards has Jelly Roll Morton been nominated for?
Best Off Broadway Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam .

What awards has Jelly Roll Morton won?
Best Off Broadway Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards).