The music of New Orleans and the surrounding cajun countryside is as popular and diverse as its delicious cuisine. While jazz music is probably most strongly associated with New Orleans, on a quick walk down Bourbon Street you'll likely hear the sounds of jazz, R&B, cajun zydeco and blues, as well as some current top 40 and rap.
Although jazz music has evolved from many influences, New Orleans is popularly regarded as the birthplace of jazz. Built upon the works of legendary Crescent City musicians like Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Allen Toussaint, Jelly Roll Morton, the Marsalis family, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Professor Longhair and many, many more, jazz music continues to maintain its popularity throughout the world.|
As a tribute to local music, the New Orleans Jazz & Herritage Festival is held each year on the last weekend of April & the first weekend of May. Hundreds of thousands of devoted followers flock to this annual event to delight their senses with the wonderful combination of great music, delicious New Orleans food and unique local crafts.
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