Related Information for Jelly Roll Morton Also listed as:Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot PeppersJelly-Roll Morton's Red Hot PeppersFerdinand Joseph LaMothe (October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941), known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton, was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who started his career in New Orleans, Louisiana.Widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early jazz, Morton is perhaps most notable as jazz's first arranger,.. read more