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Historic Photos of New Orleans Jazz by Thomas L. Morgan

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This photo book was compiled by jazz historian and radio host Tom Morgan, who culled 200 photos from the Louisiana State Museum’s Jazz Collection. The result is a hodge-podge of publicity stills, news photos and artful photojournalism. The reproduction and resolution of the photos is uneven, particularly for images from the early part of the 20th Century, but given their age and origin that’s understandable. The images-some rare, some familiar-are presented roughly in chronological order, organized according to chapters such as “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (1890-1925)” and “Bourbon Street Parade (1946-1960).” Morgan wrote all of the captions that comprise the only text in the volume and his captions serve not only to identify the famous and obscure subjects, but also to provide historical context. The result is an incremental learning process about the roots and development of New Orleans music in all its diverse glory.

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