The Cultural Outlook of New Orleans Jazz

New Orleans, LA, was known as the “birthplace of jazz” music. Over 100 years ago, during the 1800s, New Orleans was a cultural mecca (a cosmopolitan) within America. This was a “music city” as there were many cultures and backgrounds that influenced the music being played within different areas.

To name a few contributors, there were:

  • French and Spanish bals (dances)
  • Masques (masked dances)
  • Resident opera and ballet companies
  • Military parade bands
  • All manner of ambient serenading

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