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BHM Day 13: Jelly Roll Morton

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Jelly Roll Morton used to introduce himself as the inventor of jazz. He began playing piano at the age of 10 and honed his skills in the brothels of New Orleans as a teenager.

He toured the country as a musician, comic, vaudeville act and at some point, even worked as a pimp.

He started to record records in the 20s, but his career took a downward turn in the Great Depression.  He continued to play burlesque shows and even worked as the manager of a D.C. nightclub.

In 1941 he’d begun mounting a comeback but died before he could see his career prosper again.

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.