Jelly’s Last Jam Orchestra, Virginia Theater NYC

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  Backstage at the Virginia Theater in New York City with the members of the Jelly’s Last Jam orchestra led by Ms. Linda Twine. Virgil Jones, Stanton Davis, Byron Stripling, Eddie Allen: Trumpets, Bill Easley, George Barrow, Jerome Richardson, Jimmy Cozier: Reeds, Britt Woodman: Trombone, Joseph Daley: Tuba, Leonard Oxley: Piano, Brian Grice: drums, Steve Bargonetti: Banjo, Ben Brown: Bass and conductor Linda Twine. Jelly's Last Jam is a musical with a book by George C. Wolfe, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, and music by Jelly Roll Morton and Luther Henderson. Based on the life and career of Morton, generally regarded as one of the primary driving forces behind the introduction of jazz to the American public in the early 20th century, it also serves as a social commentary on the African-American experience during the era.

Beth Beauchamp