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The Truth About Buddy Bolden

According to Jelly Roll Morton

Author Screenshot of a sheet of twenty stamps of jazz musicians issued by the USPS in 1995, including Jelly Roll Morton.

“Bolden went crazy,
Because
He really blew
His Brains
Out through the trumpet.”

This is another poem created from a quote taken from an interview of Jelly Roll Morton by ethnomusicologist and folklorist, Alan Lomax.

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