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Published on Feb 3, 2010
A musical visit to the Storyville District in New Orleans by with music by the Storyville Stringband. The "Storyville" District was an area on the lake side of Basin Street in New Orleans designated as an experiment in legal prostitution. The District opened in January 1898 to stop the spread of venereal disease. Prior to 1898 the area was a residential neighborhood in downtown New Orleans Storyville happened to coincide with the formative years of jazz. Many New Orleans musicians found employment in the District before going on to internationl fame. The list of musicians that worked in the district is too long to list here and includes Buddy Bolden, Ferd "Jelly Roll" Morton, Edward "Kid" Ory, Oscar "Papa" Celestine, Manuel Manetta, Joe "King" Oliver, Sidney Bechet, and Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong who landed his first professional gig in the district subbing for King Oliver. Tomas Early's Bar is the last remaining structure from the Storyville era...
Seva Venet playing slide on his 1928 National Steel Guitar, Lars Edegran National tenor guitar (pre 1928), John Parker on his 1920's Martin D-28 that belonged to his grandfather Dr. Edmond Souchon, Matt Rhody on mandolin and violin, Kerry Lewis on upright bass and special guest Steve Blalock on his 1953 Gibson ES 175. This is a concert of Seva Venet and his Storyville String band performing the jazz classic Jazz Me Blues at the Botanical Gardens in New Orleans City Park on Thursday evening September 17th 2009.