When it comes to the type of music that is normally played in New Orleans, there are a number of different styles that are assumed which have been borrowed from earlier traditions. This is so especially in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is known to have a very strong association especially when it comes to jazz music and is also considered to be where this kind of music was given birth to. It is however, important for you to note that this tradition has taken on many forms throughout the years and in one way or another it has either taken a completely different path or it has either branched from its original state. When it comes to funk, New Orleans has also been known to be very prominent in this area and this is why it is known to be home to some of the earliest funk musicians and bands.
The early 19th century
When it comes to the kind of influence, New Orleans has been able to trace back to Congo. In early 1835 whereby slaves were the ones who would get together and dance and play music on Sundays. In such scenarios both local and African music were played.
Jazz did not really become popular until mid-1910s when some of these musicians in New Orleans were able to rise in other different parts of the USA. Also, New Orleans needed a new name which was necessary for them to be able to differentiate from the popular ragtime which was known nationally. Before this was done, their style was commonly known as ragtime as mentioned earlier. In the 19th century, the style becomes very distinctive which is what was later known as jazz. However, when this style actually became jazz is still a matter that is under debate. Even though it is believed by some historians that it became jazz due to the series of the various developments that were taking place.
The Cuban influence
In the 19th century, the African American music started to incorporate the afro-Cuban music styles which started becoming so after the habanera started gaining popularity internationally. This was the first ever written music to be done in a rhythmically way which was mainly based on an African motif. Due to this, different musicians who came from New Orleans and Havana would take a ferry which they did twice daily to both cities so that they could be able to perform. The early jazz bands that were in New Orleans had habaneras in their music and the kind of figure that they used was a rhythmic staple of jazz.
Although it is not really clear where jazz music originated from, there is evidence to show or rather to prove that the habanera rhythm was actually there during the conception of jazz music.
The Second Line
This is where the use of marching bands came into action and they came into place long before jazz music existed. It was most commonly used in the military and most of the musicians who were in New Orleans had to first start in brass marching bands as they performed dirges. Today much of the music that is found in New Orleans owes much of its debt to the matching bands that existed in the early years. These marching bands would often march throughout the streets in the early 19th century and they commonly made use of second line parades.
When it comes to the history of these matching bands, they are known to have a very strong and rich history. This is so because the various different bands were able and are still able to perform at almost all the major events that were and are taking place in New Orleans. They are able to perform in picnic, funerals, parades and carnivals. When it comes to the relationship between the brass bands and the jazz bands is that they share a kind of co-influence with one another. However, jazz bands started changing and the ones that existed in this era started to go beyond the confines of the marching bands that most of them utilized. They started incorporating different styles known as ragging which is what started to influence the style that has been mentioned earlier known as ragtime. Throughout time the different bands started to influence the playing of the marching bands.