Jazz it up in New Orleans

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:00:00 am

The early days of jazz were associated with life in the city of New Orleans and its communities with music at ball parks, picnics or funerals. It was here that the African drums and European horns came together to create a mixture of music from their churches and bars. It caught on and was soon being played at neighborhood halls around town. The expressive saintly or moving sound connected with the local audiences. It made them feel alive and free. Those same emotions are felt even today as the sound fills the streets of New Orleans.

Whether visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras, music festivals or touring with Journeys for Women in October, you will want to take in this special kind of music. Every evening, the streets become alive with dazzling sounds of jazz.

“New Orleans jazz is a performance art based on the musical elements of syncopation, improvisation, blues scale, call-and-response, rhythm, tone color, harmony and interpretation” as defined by the Louisiana State Museum.

This type of music is also played by brass bands and is heard at Mardi Gras street parades and funerals using wind instruments, bass and snare drums that can be played while walking.

Many jazz music festivals are held each season in New Orleans for the enjoyment of music lovers all over the world.

Preservation Hall, located in the French Quarter, is keeping the music alive 40 years after opening. Authentic New Orleans jazz is performed each night to a filled venue.

If you enjoy New Orleans jazz as much as I do, I’ll bet you’ll love the gumbo, too!



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