Jelly Roll Morton
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It was record collector Sidney Martin who introduced Jelly Roll Morton to Alan Lomax to discuss details for the famous Library of Congress Recordings. The series of interviews and recordings, totalling about eight hours, began on 23rd May 1938 and concluded with the final session on 14th December 1938. Alan Lomax was born in Austin, Texas on 31st January 1915. In 1933 he assisted his father, John Avery Lomax, on their first recording field trip which was commissioned by the Library of Congress. From 1933 to 1942 he either worked alone, or accompanied his father, as well as his sister Bess, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary Elizabeth Barnicle, John Work, and others.