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NEW ORLEANS - All Musical Tribute To The Birth Of JazzBuy NOW at:
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Total running time 90 min. - B & W
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Production by: Jules Levey
Year: 1947
Script by: Elliot Paul, Dick Irving Hyland based on a story by Elliot Paul, Herbert J. Biberman
Music director: Nathaniel Finston
Art director: Rudi Feld


Music's greatest legends re-enact the birth of jazz in this songfilled tribute to the town where it all began: NEW ORLEANS.
Arturo De Cordova stars as Nick, the proprietor of a Bourbon Street gambling joint, an artistic haven for African-American musicians who gather and jam from dusk til dawn. When he falls in love with an opera-singing socialite (Dorothy Patrick), Nick realizes that only through music he gain respectability, and launches a campaign to thrust the desreputable music known as jazz onto the highbrow American stage.
A refreshing rediscovery, NEW ORLEANS is especially noteworthy for its lack of racial stereotypes, as well as the high calibre of performances delivered by its stellar cast, including Louis Armstrong, Woody Herman, Kid Ory, Meade Lux Lewis and more.
Perhaps the film's most memorable number is "Farewell to Storyville," a haunting blues melody sung by Billie Holidayas she leads a procession of black musicians exiled from the city -- a sequence that beautifully captures the melancholy and grace of Holiday's inimitable performance style. Other musical highlights include Holiday's rendition of "New Orleans," Armstrong's "Endie" and "Where the Blues Were Born," and their duet "The Blues Are Brewin'."
Also included on this DVD are two musical shorts from Paramount Studios (A RAPSODY IN BLACK AND BLUE featuring Armstrong and SYMPHONY IN BLACK with Holiday and Duke Elington) as well as an essay on the making of NEW ORLEANS, which originated as a project for Orson Welles.
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