Innovation

This final chapter considers New Orleans jazz history as a "Jazz Continuum" and looks at the dynamics through which tradition and innovation interact in perpetuating New Orleans image as a "music city." What are the boundaries between ragtime, jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, and rock in New Orleans? What purpose (and constituencies) do these genre boundaries serve? How does music replenish its connection to community life in New Orleans and what are the imperatives that shape successive generations of musicians who seek to build upon tradition? Term paper due.

The Flamingoes (1950s) with Allen Toussaint (p), Snooks Eaglin (g), and Frank Morton (cl)

Piano virtuoso James Carroll Booker III