The composition is considered to be important in the development of jazz. According to Jelly Roll Morton, the tune was composed in and was the first " stomp " in the history of jazz. That year, Morton recorded a duet version with Joe "King" Oliver on cornet. Morton said that he had actually written the tune almost 20 years earlier, and that it was named after his friend and fellow pianist Porter King.
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Magee, Jeffrey. Toward the end of his life in May , Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll" Morton walked into the Library of Congress's Coolidge Auditorium sporting an expensive suit, a gold watch fob and rings, and a diamond studded incisor Lomax xvii. He sat down at the piano and, with the assistance of folklorist Alan Lomax, conveyed his music and life story into what Lomax called a "one-lung portable Presto recorder" ibid.
Speaking in a measured, orotund baritone, Morton explored his past at a leisurely, dignified pace, but he was eager to set the record straight on one particular subject: that he had "personally originated jazz in New Orleans in " ibid. Historians have since shown the origins of jazz to be more complicated than Morton allowed Gushee ; Panetta , but none can refute the story of his most popular and enduring composition, "King Porter Stomp".
Moreover, as Morton said, many musicians used the chords, the "backgrounds," of "King Porter'''s Trio and Stomp sections as the basis for new tunes. Adding luster to "King Porter'''s agency in jazz history, Benny Goodman gave the piece a key role in an account of his band's legendary performance at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles on the night of August 21, Columbia University Libraries.
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King Porter Stomp
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