Why Did Jazz Begin in New Orleans?

Written by on October 19, 2015

Phil Schaap
(Jazz at Lincoln Center’s curator Phil Schaap)

We point to New Orleans as the birthplace of Jazz, but what made this city so unique to create the style?

What was so different about New Orleans that enabled this music to develop? For that, we look to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s curator, Phil Schaap, to talk about the unique characteristics of this city, and the remarkable people who lived there.

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