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New Orleans series part 2/5

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Jazz vocalist John Boutté and band performing at DBA, Frenchmen Street. The local legend appeared in David Simon's HBO series "Tremé" and wrote the show's opening theme, "The Tremé Song".
Jazz vocalist John Boutté and band performing at DBA, Frenchmen Street. The local legend appeared in David Simon's HBO series "Tremé" and wrote the show's opening theme, "The Tremé Song". Gregory Plesse

In the city known as the birthplace of jazz, musical traditions run deep, and in New Orleans, the musicians are absolutely central to its cultural identity. Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the gigs dried up and many musicians were forced to make a living elsewhere. Ten years on, most of them have returned to the "Big Easy" stage and today the scene is thriving, as Richelle Harrison Plesse reports in the second of our five part series on New Orleans.

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