Famed trumpeter and Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis returned to his hometown of New Orleans for the world premiere concert of the composition Congo Square.
The work was dedicated to the storm ravaged city and co-written by Marsalis and Yacub Addy, the Ghanania drum master whose band Odaddaa! joined the Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform the masterpiece.
Congo Square was inspired by the public square of the same name where in the 1700’s and 1800’s slaves could gather and perform African music and dance.
This was the only place in the United States where this could occur and many agree that this is what made it possible for New Orleans to become the birthplace of jazz.
Thanks to everyone who made Antiques Roadshow in Baton Rouge a great success!
The story of the Acadian people!
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Louisiana State University. 10:00 PM Monday on LPB.
Academy Award-winning animated short and game/storytelling app/novel!
Featuring An All-Star Lineup of Bayou State Musicians!
Credit: New-York Historical Society - "Great Egret," painted in Louisiana 1821