New Orleans holds a special place in the imagination of the world. That’s because of black music.
At that second line parade I visited on Sunday, I saw a couple of young Japanese tourists who chatted with the brass-band musicians during breaks.
As for the sounds of traditional New Orleans jazz, those are being kept alive by performers across the globe. Such as a group in Argentina called the Small Jazz Band. Let me point you to a FREE MP3.
In 2004, the Small Jazz Band released a version of “If You Want to Be My Sugar Papa,” a tune popularized in the 1920s by clarinetist Johnny Dodds (who recorded with King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong).
Click here to hear that track. To download it, follow this link.
I’m also streaming the Dodds version; click here to listen.
I am not a particular fan of “trad jazz.” But I do respect its power to endure.