New Orleans is one of the most exciting and interesting cities on Earth – situated close to the mouth of the legendary Mississippi river and with a hotchpotch of nationalities fuelling its population from its foundation in the late 17th century, it is most notably the birthplace of jazz.
Historian and journalist Michael Steed will be talking about the history of this remarkable city through its music, which has defined not just its own people, but the whole history of 20th century music, in a talk organised by Nettleton WEA at Nettleton Village Hall this Saturday, October 24, at 2.30pm.
From the foundation of the colony to the Battle of New Orleans, the slave trade to the creation of Storyville and from the troubles of civil rights in the 1960s to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Michael will illustrate his talk with pictures and music from Africa, the plantations and slavery, early jazz and ragtime, rhythm ‘n blues, rock ‘n roll and up to the present day.
And there will be music from Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Dr John, Professor Longhair and other greats up to the new generation of performers like Harry Connick Jr and Wynton Marsalis – all New Orleans born musicians.
The cost is £6, which includes a sumptuous afternoon tea, and can be booked through Jean Childs on 01472 859347, or just turn up.