Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton

American jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton, at the age of 14 tricked his great-grandmother into believing he was a night watchman at a barrelhouse when in fact he was working as a piano player in a brothel. In that atmosphere, he often sang smutty lyrics. He took the nickname "Jelly Roll", which was slang for vagina.

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