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Maple Leaf Rag Rmix

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Something I came up with just for fun. Thanks to all of the NG artists on my forum who helped me out with my first submission. ENJOY!!!


ok yeh

ima loving this cos i love scott's work but.....i dunno somat bout it...think it cos its too long or drags out at the end :/ i dunno but ur gettin a 9.4 k?

Two things here...

To the guy below me, I believe that this is Scott Joplin, not Jelly Roll Morton.
And secondly, if it's you playing, this is a difficult rag and is pretty tough to play that fast, and so I must applaud your performance.

This is really OLD

I remember this song. I think it's by Jelly Roll Morton. Original Song was wrote in 1916. Ragtime was a popular genre of music then.

Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (ca. October 20, 1890 - July 10, 1941) was an American ragtime pianist, bandleader and composer.

Widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early jazz, Morton claimed, in self-promotional hyperbole, to have invented jazz outright in 1902. Critic Scott Yanow[1] writes that "Morton did himself a lot of harm posthumously by exaggerating his worth Morton's accomplishments as an early innovator are so vast that he did not really need to stretch the truth." Morton was the first serious composer of jazz, naming and popularizing the so-called "Spanish tinge" of exotic rhythms and penning such standards as "Wolverine Blues", "Black Bottom Stomp", and "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say".

Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe was born into a Creole community in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana 1890. A baptismal certificate issued in 1894 lists his date of birth as October 20, 1890; however Morton himself and his half-sisters claimed the September 20, 1885, date is correct. His World War I draft registration card shows September 13, 1884. He was born to F.P. Lamothe and Louise Monette (written as Lemott and Monett on his baptismal certificate). Eulaley Haco (Eulalie H├ęcaud) was the godparent. Eulalie helped him to be christened with the name Ferdinand. Ferdinand's parents were in a common-law marriage and not legally married. No birth certificate has been found to date. He took the name "Morton" by Anglicizing the name of his stepfather, Mouton.

New Orleans
Morton claimed to have written "Jelly Roll Blues" in 1905.

He was, along with Tony Jackson, one of the best regarded pianists in the Storyville District early in the 20th century. At the age of fourteen, he began working as a piano player in a whore house. While working there, he was living with his religious church-going great-grandmother and had her convinced that he worked in a barrel factory.

Morton's grandmother eventually found out that he was playing jazz in a local brothel, and subsequently kicked him out of her house. "When my grandmother found out that I was playing jazz in one of the houses in the District, she told me that I had disgraced the family and forbade me to live at her house... She told me that devil music would surely bring about my downfall, but I just couldn't put it behind me." Tony Jackson was a major influence on his music; according to Morton, Jackson was the only pianist better than him; he was also a pianist at whore houses, as well as an accomplished guitar player.

Around 1904, Morton started wandering the American South, working with minstrel shows, gambling and composing. His works "Jelly Roll Blues," "New Orleans Blues," "Frog-I-More Rag," "Animule Dance" and "King Porter Stomp" were composed during this period. He got to Chicago in 1910 and New York City in 1911, where future stride greats James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith caught his act, years before the blues were widely played in the North. In 1912-1914 he toured with girlfriend Rosa Brown as a vaudeville act before settling in Chicago for three years. By 1914 he had started writing down his compositions, and in 1915 his "Jelly Roll Blues" was arguably the first jazz composition ever published, recording as sheet music the New Orleans traditions that had been jealously guarded by the musicians. In 1917 he followed bandleader Bill Johnson and Johnson's sister Anita Gonzalez to California, where Morton's tango "The Crave" made a sensation amongst the early Hollywood set.


riduculously good. and extremely happy. felt like i could jump up and start tap dancing. love how its so light yet there is still alot of expression :)

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Oh thank you

Man I have been a having a really bad day, a mean the kind were you feel like a storm cloud is covering your entire body. But this song really makes all the bad feelings just go away. Its a fun and classy song with a real upbeat. "Ahh" just like them old timey cartoons. Man I feel better, really thank you, you did me a really good and much needed favor.
I think you saved me from suicidal thoughts, really thanks

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mariofan220 responds:

lol. Thanx. Glad you like it!

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4.31 / 5.00

Oct 9, 2008
9:12 PM EDT
File Info
3.1 MB
3 min 21 sec

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