William Carter unearths the roots of New Orleans jazz, a turn-of-the-century combination of African American and European musical traditions that ranged from the polished ragtime to a grittier, more blues-based style. Carter continues by describing the survival of New Orleans jazz artists during the swing and be-bop eras and then deals with the reawakened interest in the music, which was furthered in 1961 by the establishment of Preservation Hall as a traditional jazz concert hall. Though not writing the definitive history of New Orleans jazz, the author offers some new information and interesting stories, includes over 200 of his own photos, and infuses the reader with his infectious enthusiasm for the music. Recommended to everyone from the general reader to the jazz buff.
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