Cornetist Buddy Bolden, one of many jazz pioneers honored in Armstrong Park. (©Shawn Fink)
From Jelly Roll Morton to Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, New Orleans has a long and rich musical heritage. The rhythm of long-ago drumbeats rise up from Congo Square and echoes of Al Hirt’s trumpet linger along Bourbon Street, while up-and-comers performing in local clubs and on Royal and Frenchmen seek to make their own marks on the Crescent City music scene.
Jazz, rock, funk, R&B, zydeco, country, classical, gospel, swing, hip-hop, bounce—if there’s a musical genre, you can expect to hear it. Keep an ear to the ground … and your dancing shoes on.