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Jazz in New Orleans: The Postwar Years Through 1970 by Charles Suhor

Considering the lack of information to the contrary, it’s not surprising that there remains the impression that in New

Orleans jazz practically jumped from traditional styles directly to the emergence of Wynton Marsalis. Granted, modern jazz’s early stirrings, in the late ’40s and through the ’50s, weren’t easily found among the city’s clubs or given any due in the press during this era. Many nightspots were enjoying the revival of classic jazz and the rise of rhythm and blues. At times, the most likely place to hear modern jazz artists like pianist Ellis Marsalis was at a strip club on Bourbon Street.

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