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Jelly Roll Morton, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (Red Hot Peppers and New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (September 20, c. 1890 – July 10, 1941) was born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans around 1890, to parents who traced their Creole ancestry four generations to the 18th century. Jelly Roll Morton claimed to have been born in 1885; Morton's birth date and year of birth are uncertain, given that no birth certificate was ever issued for him. The law requiring birth certificates for citizens was not enforced until 1914. His baptismal certificate lists his date of birth as October 20, 1890, but Peter Hanley's Jelly Roll Morton: An Essay in Genealogy asserts the generally accepted birth date of September 20, 1890, while John Szwed, author of the booklet in Jelly Roll Morton: The Complete Library of Congress Recordings, prefers September 20, 1895. Known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton, he was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who started his career in New Orleans, Louisiana. Widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early jazz, Morton is perhaps most notable as jazz' first arranger, proving that a genre rooted in improvisation could retain its essential spirit and characteristics when notated. His composition "Jelly Roll Blues", published in 1915, was the first published jazz composition. Morton also wrote the standards "King Porter Stomp", "Wolverine Blues", "Black Bottom Stomp", and "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say", the last a tribute to New Orleans musicians from the turn of the 20th century. Jelly Roll Morton died on July 10, 1941 aged 50 after an eleven-day stay in Los Angeles County General Hospital of respiratory illness stemming from a 1938 stabbing by a friend of the owner of The Music Box (called, at various times, The Music Box, The Blue Moon Inn, and The Jungle Inn), a bar Morton managed and played piano in, in the African-American neighborhood of Shaw, Washington, D.C.. Morton suffered wounds to the head and chest in the attack. A nearby whites-only hospital refused to treat him, as the city had racially segregated facilities. He was transported to a black hospital farther away. When he was in the hospital, doctors left ice on his wounds for several hours before attending to the injury. His recovery from his wounds was incomplete, and thereafter he was often ill and became short of breath easily. After this incident, his wife Mabel demanded they leave Washington. Worsening asthma sent him to a hospital in New York for three months. He continued to suffer from respiratory problems when he travelled to Los Angeles with the intent to restart his career, where he died. Morton' claim to have invented jazz in 1902 aroused resentment. The jazz historian, musician, and composer Gunther Schuller says of Morton' "hyperbolic assertions" that there is "no proof to the contrary" and that Morton' "considerable accomplishments in themselves provide reasonable substantiation".