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Starring Vernel Bagneris & Morten Gunnar Larsen
Several months into the run of "Jelly's Last Jam," the musical based on the life of Jelly Roll Morton, a funny and exhilarating two-man Morton show appeared across town at Michael's Pub, and it ran for five months. A kind of antidote to the Broadway show, which trashed Morton's music and made him into a racist monster, it was barely an hour long and was based closely on the musical autobiography that Morton recorded at the Library of Congress in 1938. Now, a year later, the show has reappeared at the Pub in expanded form for an open-ended run, and it again includes the brilliant, elusive Vernel Bagneris, who plays Morton, and the virtuoso Norwegian pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen, who plays Morton's music, note for glorious note.
"Rocking, Jamming and Even Rolling" - N.Y. Times.
"Best Off-Broadway Musical" - Outer Critics Award - Obie Award
Vernel Bagneris, vocal; Morten Gunnar Larsen, piano.
- 1 Mamie Desdoume's Blues
- 2 Pep
- 3 ...The Family
- Writer/Pub: Flynn-Madden/Robbins (Big Three)
- 4 Le Miserere
- 5 ...How I Created Jazz
- 6 Mr. Jelly Lord
- 7 Aaron Harris
- 8 Jelly Roll Blues
- 9 Wolverine Blues
- 10 ...Red Light District
- 11 ...Papa Sona's Ritual
- 12 Winin's Boy Blues
- 13 ...Temporary Financial Problem
- 14 The Crave (Tango)
- 15 If You Only Knew How I Love You
- 16 ...Suit Man From Suit Land
- 17 Don't You Leave Me Here
- 18 The Fingerbreaker
- 19 Animule Dance
- 20 ...They Steal One, You Write Another One
- 21 Milneberg Joys
- 22 Ballin' the Jack
- 23 Tiger Rag
- Writer/Arr: La Rocca/Jelly Roll Morton
- 24 Medley: Someday Sweetheart; My Home Is In a Southern Town
- 25 ...Believe It or Not
- 26 ...End of a Perfect Death
- 27 Sweet Substitute
All compositions and lyrics by Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton unless otherwise noted.
Musical arrangements by Morten G. Larsen.
Year Released: 1996
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