Tuesday 6 March 2012

Michigan Water

Dear Listener,

Welcome to episode 26. This one takes us back to a hard winter in Harlem, December 1939. Jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton is planning a major come-back from relative obscurity and we get a glimpse of this musical giant in a moment of loneliness and weakness. Tragically, he died just over a year later on the brink of a return to the limelight and we will never know what might have been.

I have always been fascinated by Jelly's life and music and I find the story of his later years quite poignant so this is a sort of a tribute as well as a nod to the fact that most of the listeners to this podcast are stateside residents.

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Music this week is from the man himself.

Sweet dreams ....