Monrovia Sound Studio . . . publishes exclusive, newly-discovered facts about Jelly Roll Morton, researched by renowned international researchers who include Laurie Wright, Prof. Lawrence Gushee, Roger Richard, Prof. James Dapogny, Mike Montgomery, Floyd Levin, Dr. Robert Pinsker, Prof. Alan Wallace, Dr. Philip Pastras, Michael Hill, Peter Hanley, Dr. Edward Berlin, Millie Gaddini, Brian Goggin, Butch Thompson, Karl Ellison, Ate van Delden and Mike Meddings. Monrovia Sound Studio also showcases articles on J. Lawrence Cook, Frank Melrose and Roy Carew.
Mike has access to many previously unpublished documents, including the files of Laurie Wright — one of the world’s leading Jelly Roll Morton specialists — and he has delved into the archives to present a chronological narrative on this greatly-admired musician. From his collection, readers will discover some interesting letters, newspaper articles, advertising material, photographs and other historic documents, which are associated with ragtime, blues and hot piano.
Special features of the website include the four-generation genealogy of Jelly Roll Morton, researched and compiled by Peter Hanley; in-depth essays by top-class researchers, which are accompanied by WWI Draft Registration cards of Jelly Roll’s family, associates and musicians; first-hand accounts about Jelly Roll Morton by Roy Carew and musicians of his various bands, and a meticulous transcription of the Library of Congress narrative of Jelly Roll Morton and Alan Lomax.
Articles about music roll arranger and pianist J. Lawrence Cook; pianist “Kansas City Frank” Melrose and Jelly Roll’s friend Roy J. Carew are also featured on the website, with contributions by relatives and researchers.
The superbly-crafted MIDI files on the website have been arranged and sequenced by J. Lawrence Cook, ‘Perfessor’ Bill Edwards, John Farrell, Luigi Ranalli, Irwin Schwartz, Warren Trachtman and other noted keyboard musicians, which feature the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Frank Melrose, Roy Carew, Dick Wellstood, James P. Johnson, Teddy Wilson and a host of other well-known ragtime, blues and hot piano performers.