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Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

This is a unique production, where the sum of the parts may be greater than the show itself. There’s a lot to like about most of the elements of Jelly’s Last Jam, especially for anyone who enjoys hearing and seeing jazz performed at a high level, but Jelly Roll Morton’s story is a hard pill to swallow. Read more…

Tracey Paleo – Gia On The Move

Pasadena Playhouse has pulled out all the stops in their presentation of JELLY’S LAST JAM. It’s a showstopper. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Jonas Schwartz – Theatermania

The rarely revived Jelly’s Last Jam, a musical biography of jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton, arrives at the Pasadena Playhouse as part of its classic musical series in a production that showcases Morton’s scintillating rhythms and Dell Howlett’s spirited choreography.