Jelly Roll Morton (1890?-1941) began his professional life at age fourteen, playing "devil music" in a brothel. Despite his somewhat spurious claim that it was he who invented jazz,Morton's great influence on jazz, ragtime, and slide music cannot be denied. In 1938, while managing a bar in Washington, D.C., Morton was stabbed by a friend of the bar owner. Denied treatment at a near-by whites-only hospital, his treatment after he arrived at a black hospital was delayed by several hours. The attack left him with severe respiratory problems that eventually took his life three years later. His legacy was some incredible music.