I've decided to share some of my favorite upbeat musical selections, starting here with a rendition by the famous Ferdinand Joseph "Jelly Roll" Morton, whose band, The Red Hot Peppers, was one of the major hot jazz bands of the 1920's. They toured all over the country.
F.J. "Jelly Roll" Morton (1885 or 1890 -1941) grew up in New Orleans like Louis Armstrong. He played his piano in "sporting houses" (brothels) in the Storyville District. He claimed later to have invented jazz piano himself around 1902, which is generally considered a bit of a stretch.
He likely was one of the first to transition from the ragtime style to something close to jazz.
He was also one of the great jazz composers, and a 1915 song he wrote and arranged might have been the first jazz tune published. (A jazz band itself was not recorded until the folowing year, players like King Oliver and WC Handy being afraid that other bands would copy their music note for note if it went to records.)
It is true that Morton wrote "Wolverine Blues", "King Porter Stomp", "New Orleans Bump" and other major standards of the early "hot" and "swing" eras. He never got any royalties for these compositions however.
Allen Lomax, a music pioneer as far as finding and recording these great artists, did record Jelly Roll in his later years for a collection that was issued by the Library of Congress later on. By the late '30's his style of music was considere passe.
Morton ran a saloon near Washington, DC in his later years. He was in an altercation in 1939 with a robber where he suffered stab wounds. His wife got him to leave the business and move out to California in his final years.
His was such a major influence on all types of American music that he was named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And how he could play piano!