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NOLA History: New Orleans Jazz

Would International Jazz Day even exist without New Orleans? Probably not, as our infographic demonstrates…

The entrance to Armstrong Park at dusk. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

International Jazz Day is April 30, but how might this day look differently without the influence of New Orleans? Well, it probably wouldn’t exist. New Orleans Jazz — also known as early jazz and dixieland — was instrumental (pardon the pun) in creating modern iterations of the jazz music we hear today, not to mention descendants like hip hop, R&B, and more. Get to know New Orleans Jazz in our infographic below.

Infographic: Origins of New Orleans Jazz for International Jazz Day

Infographic Text

New Orleans Jazz
Also Known As
  • Dixieland
  • Dixieland music
  • Hot jazz
  • Early jazz
  • Developed in NOLA at the beginning of the 20th century
  • By the 1910s, it spread to Chicago and NYC thanks to traveling New Orleans bands and musicians
  • Brass band marches
  • Ragtime
  • Blues
  • Improvisation
  • Afro-Cuban rhythms
Famous Faces
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Jelly Roll Morton
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band
  • Kid Ory 
  • Buddy Bolden
  • King Oliver
  • Sidney Bechet
  • Jazz Fest
  • French Quarter Fest 
  • Satchmo Summerfest 
  • Jazz in the Park  
Fun Fact 
  • The American Dialect Society deemed “jazz” its Word of the Twentieth Century. And we can thank New Orleans for that! 
  • Its first documented use in a musical context was on November 14, 1916 in a Times-Picayune article about “jas bands.”