Jazz Historians Explore Economic, Cultural Impact Of Storyville’s Closure On Local Musicians

The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1979.89.7339
The Original Creole Orchestra; 1912

NEW ORLEANS – The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), with jazz historian Bruce Boyd Raeburn, will present “The Storyville Diaspora Revisited,” a lecture in conjunction with THNOC’s exhibition “Storyville: Madams and Music” Wednesday, Sept. 27, at THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., at 6:00 p.m. with extended exhibition hours from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

         During the 1930s and 1940s, a number of jazz studies associated an exodus of jazz musicians from New Orleans with the closing of the Storyville red-light district in November 1917. This assumption eventually became canon in the popular history of jazz, but recent scholarship of the genre’s early days has started to revisit the story.

         Jazz historian Raeburn will dig into the history surrounding this myth at the free lecture, and will trace the circulation of jazz musicians in and out of the city before and after November 1917, to illustrate that the closing of the district was essentially a non-event with little impact on the lives of New Orleans jazz musicians.

         Raeburn is director of special collections and curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University. He is a specialist on New Orleans jazz and jazz historiography and the author of “New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History” (University of Michigan Press, 2009).

         This lecture is presented in conjunction with THNOC’s exhibition, “Storyville: Madams and Music,” which guides visitors through the rise and fall of the neighborhood that helped shape the notorious reputation that adheres to New Orleans today. The exhibition will open one hour prior to the beginning of the program for extended viewing.

         This event and the exhibition are free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged.

         To register, call (504) 523-4662 or email here: wrc@hnoc.org


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