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Marie, Marie La-Voodoo-Veau, she'll put a spell on you
Marie, Marie La-Voodoo-Veau, she's the witch queen of New Orleans

--"The Witch Queen of New Orleans" (1971)

"For time untold the River had carried mud down, most of it swept out into the sea, a small part rescued in the land's final clutch. And now, the city founded, the ocean currents began to bring inland deposits of a different sort, human flotsam, hardy adventurers, priests, thieves, cutthroats, pimps, and girls of easy virtue recruited in France to assuage loneliness. Men of many kinds and conditions from widespread parts of the world, in two hundred years the living deposits came to include French, Spanish, Italians, the exiled Acadians, Americans, and, of course, the Negroes, first from West Africa, later by way of Haiti and other Caribbean islands : white sediment and black sediment settling out in strata on the wet brown mud."--Shining Trumpets, a History of Jazz (1946) by Rudi Blesh, p. 152

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New Orleans is one of the most visited cities in America and has many major attractions such as the French Quarter's notorious nightlife. It is considered the birthplace of jazz. In 1897 the quasi-legal red-light district called Storyville opened and soon became a famous attraction of the city.


The music of New Orleans assumes various styles of music which have often borrowed from earlier traditions. New Orleans, Louisiana, is especially known for its strong association with jazz music, universally considered to be the birthplace of the genre. The earliest form was dixieland, which has sometimes been called traditional jazz, 'New Orleans', and 'New Orleans jazz'. However, the tradition of jazz in New Orleans has taken on various forms that have either branched out from original dixieland or taken entirely different paths altogether. New Orleans has also been a prominent center of funk, home to some of the earliest funk bands such as The Meters.

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