The city of New Orleans has the distinction of being the
‘birthplace of jazz’ so its appropriate that in New Orleans in
or around 1885 to 1890 would be born the self-proclaimed
“inventor of jazz”.
Ferdinand Joseph Lemott (Lamothe) and his story is one of
mystery, legend, genius, with an incredulous outcome, and
original musical score.
Being considered a Creole in the Crescent City had its
advantages in the fact that he was exposed to the fine arts
and music as a child. He would undertake formal piano
lessons with one Tony Jackson who was considered a
wunderkind piano professor with exceptional musical ability,
mirrored by the young student, who demonstrated an
elevated level of talent, and the confidence to perform it.
We pick up on his trail as he moved to Biloxi, Mississippi to
stay with his godmother, and so begins life on the road