COMING SOON New Orleans Jazz Archives


George Lewis Ragtime Jazz Band

Avery Kid Howard - trumpet,George Lewis - clarinet, Jim Robinson - trombone, Alton Purnell - piano, Lawrence Marrero - banjo, Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau - bassJoe Watkins - drums, vocal

1. Just a Little While To Stay Here
2. Careless Love
3. Panama Rag
4. Bugle Boy March
5. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
6. Ice Cream

A sensational find from the San Francisco Bay Area TV-Archive.
Recorded by CBS5 KPIX-TV in San Francisco in November 1953

Thanks go to clarinetist Heisuke Kato from Japan who discovered the source to this film on 14th of May 2012, and to trumpeter Geoff Bull from Australia, who further distributed it to his friends around the globe. 
Editing, restoration, improvement of video and audio quality and correction of picture ratio by Norbert Susemihl.

The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

This is a fantastic film with this band, and an example of a perfect New Orleans Jazzband. All the musicians play and swing together wonderfully, and the ensemble sound of the three horns is magnificent.- Recorded 1964 in Germany.

Jack Willis - cornet, Joseph "Cornbread" Thomas - clarinet, vocal, Walden "Frog" Joseph - trombone, Jeanette Kimball - piano, Albert "Papa" French - banjo (Bandleader), Frank Fields - bass, Louis Barbarin - drums 

1. Eh La-Bas
2. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
3. Didn't He Ramble
4. That's A Plenty

Editing, restoration, improvement of video and audio quality and correction of picture ratio by Norbert Susemihl. -

Preservation Hall Jazz Band


At a moment when musical streams are crossing with unprecedented frequency, it’s crucial to remember that throughout its history, New Orleans has been the point at which sounds and cultures from around the world converge, mingle, and resurface, transformed by the Crescent City’s inimitable spirit and joie de vivre. Nowhere is that idea more vividly embodied than in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history they were founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history.

Jazz Funeral - Percy Humphrey, New Orleans July 1995

Ernest "Doc" Watson's Jazz Funeral

A heavenly send-off for a beloved sax player who played with Olympia Brass Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, among many others. He mentored and influenced several generations of jazz musicians to ensure the future of the only indigenous musical form that originated in New Orleans and was the ambassador for all that is good about the musical and social traditions we are so proud to share.

A visit to Storyville, New Orleans' most famous red light district

LSU history professor and Storyville expert Dr. Alecia Long takes us through an explanation of how Storyville came to be and why it was closed 20 years later. This video was part of the 175 year anniversary of the founding of New Orleans' flagship newspaper, The Times-Picayune.