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New Orleans: Music in the Key of Joy

Ben Jaffe, leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, explains the city's rich musical heritage

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans - from L to R: Ben Jaffe, Freddie Lonzo, Clint Maedgen, Charlie Gabriel, Joe Lastie Jr. Mark Braud, Rickie Monie

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, L to R, director Ben Jaffe, Freddie Lonzo, Clint Maedgen, Charlie Gabriel, Joe Lastie Jr. Mark Braud and Rickie Monie. — Photo by Clint Maedgen

It's the birthplace of jazz and the cradle of funk. The place where African beats and Cuban rhythm collided and adapted, creating new sounds. New Orleans is America's musical laboratory, where traditions from other cultures interact and combine into American originals. And there's no better guide to the region's musical heritage than Ben Jaffe, the second-generation leader of the famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band. … Back to Article

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In this preview for the third season of Treme, Wendell Pierce as Antoine Batiste is now a music teacher, and he's introducing a young student to the joys of traditional New Orleans jazz. The show's subject is the rebirth of New Orleans, especially as it grows from the bedrock of the city's jazz and culture. The new season premieres on September 23 on HBO.

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