Crowds of people cheer along a float celebrating the life of John James Audubon, an American naturalist and artist, during the 1956 Mardi Gras celebrations.
Mahalia Jackson, the “Queen of the Gospel Singers,” sings an impromptu song to the beat of the Eureka Brass Band at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 1970.
A Jazz musician named Joe Anderson sings a tune with a blanket on his head, at a New Orleans night club in 1947 (left). Jazz trumpeter George Girard is seen performing at the Famous Door bar on Bourbon St. in 1955 (right). After 82 years in business, the Famous Door is still operating today.
People dance along to a jazz band being led by musician George Lewis, 1946.
Born August 4th, 1901, in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong is one of the most important Jazz musicians and entertainers of the 20th Century. Here, he is returning to his hometown in 1965 for the first time in more than a decade.
Renowned photographer Arthur ‘Weegee’ Fellig photographs intoxicated men held by the police in a New Orleans ‘drunk tank’, circa 1945 — one of the flip sides of the lively New Orleans night life.
The St. Louis Cathedral can be seen through an iron lace-worked balcony in the French Quarter, 1945.
A jazz funeral procession for a deceased musician makes its way down the street in 1965. Traditionally, the marching band plays slow dirges on the journey to the cemetery and upbeat melodies on the way back.
Musicians from the Preservation Hall entertain jazz fans in the French Quarter during Spring 1964. Paintings of past musicians decorate the hall, which was an art gallery until Allan Jaffe of Pennsylvania revived the original jazz club in 1961 to help preserve the culture of New Orleans Jazz.
Jazz musician “Papa Jack” Laine is seen working in his cacti filled garden on a sunny New Orleans day, 1950.
The traditional King Zulu, front and center, is preceded by a jazz band and flag bearers during Mardi Gras celebration in 1960. Each year, this parade follows an uncertain route winding through the city and gathering a large crowd of watchers and followers. The most famous King Zulu was Louis Armstrong, who reigned in 1949.
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