"This week we are travelling to one of the great musical cities of the world, New Orleans. Known as the birthplace of jazz and the spiritual home of black American music, this sleepy and geopolitically unimportant city exists almost as a myth in the minds of music lovers around the world.
The birthplace of Louis Armstrong, home of the Mardi Gras Indian Tribes, the great neighbourhood marching band battles, the street parades and seedy bars, the lazy Mississippi River mouth opening into the gulf, this is a city that has its history and geography recorded in song more than New York, or Paris, or anywhere really.
We will hear Louis Armstrong talk us through a traditional New Orleans funeral procession, we'll hear the doo-wop groups of the 50s, the funky shit from the 60s, the voodoo funk of the 70s, and the raucous brass bands that are pushing the envelope today. More than anything else, this music is all about the horn." - The Cat Empire