"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Birthday Today - Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton, one of the great jazz composers and pianists of the 1920s, was born today in 1885.   Along with Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton was my Dad's favorite jazz artist.   Here he is, playing one of his greatest songs, "Grandpa's Spells":

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