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Stories tagged "Music": 15

Musician, educator, author and storyteller Danny Barker was born in 1909 in the rear building at this residence. At the time of Barker's birth, the lower French Quarter community was largely home to African American and Sicilian immigrant…

The Lyric Theater existed as New Orleans' premiere African American vaudeville theater during the 1920s. Formerly located at the downtown-lake corner of Burgundy and Iberville streets in the French Quarter, the Lyric Theater was touted as…

In the 1910s and 1920s, the Tango Belt was a popular entertainment section of the upper French Quarter, and where dance halls featured local jazz. Named after the Argentine dance that swept the globe in 1913, the Tango Belt spanned several blocks…

In 1940, the patient population was between 400 and 450 and a massive renovation was underway. The improved hospital created individual rooms for 450 patients and the 13” thick concrete walls made the buildings as fireproof as possible. Fire was…

New Orleans native James C. Booker had a successful career as a session player and solo act, but his life was filled with turmoil and addictions. An unconventional piano virtuoso, Booker held a weekly gig at the Maple Leaf Bar. A lifelong drug addict…

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