9:30 Coffee Break: Great Keyboard Parts

Jelly Roll Morton
American ragtime jazz musician and songwriter Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe, better known as Jelly Roll Morton (ca. 1890 - 1941). (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The influential jazz pianist, composer and arranger Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton was born in New Orleans on Oct. 20, 1890. As a pianist, the precocious Morton was playing professionally by the time he was a teenager. Morton often played the melody of a tune with his right thumb, while sounding a harmony above these notes with other fingers of the right hand. With his left hand, Morton used creative basslines and he played basic swing rhythms with both hands.

Morton died in 1941, but the impression he left on jazz as well as the influence he has had on rock and pop music is indelible. In honor of Morton's influence as a pianist, we're thinking about songs that have great keyboard parts. Maybe the song is driven by a piano arrangement, or perhaps there's a great keyboard solo in part of the song. We're interested in your favorites.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have great keyboard parts? Send us your requests.

Songs Played


The Rolling Stones "She's a Rainbow"
Ben Folds Five "Do It Anyway"
Derek and the Dominos "Layla"
Fiona Apple "Fast as You Can"
Elton John "Tiny Dancer"

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