The southeastern Louisiana city of New Orleans is one of the oldest cities in the United States and boasts a unique African American musical heritage. Born in the city’s pre-American and early American days, the music is a blending of European instruments with African rhythms. New Orleans was the only city to have allowed slaves to gather in public and play their own music, and it nurtured the development of jazz, brass bands, rhythm & blues, gospel, and Mardi Gras music. The music has continued to thrive even after the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The songs here include tracks from the Folkways Records five-album series Music of New Orleans released in 1958-1959.