Jazz Neighborhoods

This chapter covers the cultural implications of 'crazy quilt' demographics and cultural dynamics in Tremé, the lower French Quarter, the Seventh Ward, Algiers, Central City, and the Irish Channel, as well as resort areas along Lake Pontchartrain: Bucktown, West End, Spanish Fort, Milneburg, and Little Woods. The discussion will emphasize ethnic diversity and the prevalence of outdoor musical performances evident in marching band parades, serenading traditions, spasm bands, and street criers and vocal quartets, along with coverage of saloons, dance halls, and theaters. Students read Donald M. Marquis, In Search of Buddy Bolden: First Man of Jazz (LSU, 1978); report due next class.

Siegfried Chistensen's Band on a wagon advertisement (1890s)

Abbie Brunies, Charles Cordilla, and Emile "Stalebread" Lacoume serenading at the lakefront (1920s)

Kid Ory's Woodland Band in LaPlace, LA (1905)