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The Roots of Music: Working on a Dream

On April 30, 1803, James Madison and Robert R. Livingston representing the United States and Francois Barbe-Marbois, a finance minister from France, convened upon the Spanish-built Cabildo. Their mission: to sign a document that would double the size of the United States. So it was there at the Cabildo overlooking Jackson Square that the Louisiana [...]

Jesse McBride, Jesse McBride presents the Next Generation (AFO)

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently ruminating on the nature of traditional New Orleans jazz and the extremely subtle differences between the approaches taken by its continued practitioners. Early jazz pretty much grew along a trajectory set by its greatest improvisers, most notably Louis Armstrong, until World War II, when wartime rationing and [...]