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Sunday, November 13, 2011

The French Quarter

Jazz was born in this place, where American, French, Spanish and Creole cultures live together and confuse each other. In the early 20th century Buddy Bolden and Jelly Roll Morton were honing in bars and strip joints here a style of rag-time music, later known as jazz. Louis Armstrong and King Oliver would follow. William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and Lillian Hellman lived here, too. Preservation Hall opened its doors here in 1961, giving struggling musicians a chance to perform when New Orleans jazz was in decline. Nowadays this neighborhood attracts people like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

(America viewed by Americans)


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