Jazz’s Best-Kept Secret

Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, New Orleans, and probably many other cities—I’m not familiar with all the details.

What did they all have in common when jazz was in its fullest flower?

Incredibly well-developed music education programs for children, supported locally and guided by exceptional local musicians who spared no effort.

In this interview, conducted by Jordan Hirsh of ACloserWalk.com, we take out the microscope and look at how this worked in one city: New Orleans.

“Chord Changes on the Chalkboard”

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– Ken McCarthy
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Death, Resurrection, and the Spirit of New Orleans: Jazz on the Tube Conversations

Despite the catastrophe caused by the 2005 failure of the New Orleans levee system, the biggest engineering failure in U.S. history, New Orleans was re-inhabited, rebuilt, and re-ignited with the spirit that makes it one of the world’s greatest cultural gems.

This book tells the story of how it happened with a special focus on the city’s musicians. They were among the first to return to the devastated city. The spirit they brought with them was the key to putting New Orleans back on its feet, and even dancing again – against all odds.

Author Interviews

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