This episode of Ben Franklin’s World is the final of a 5-episode series about music in Early America.
Jon Beebe, a Jazz pianist, professional musician, and an interpretive ranger at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, leads listeners on an exploration of how and why African rhythms and beats came to play important roles in the musical history and musical evolution of the Untied States.
During this episode, Jon reveals the origins of New Orleans music and how and why New Orleans developed into a musical hub of colonial America and the United States; How the everyday life activities of enslaved Africans and African Americans influenced the creation of new songs and musical genres; And, how and when African American music went mainstream throughout the United States.
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Ben Franklin’s World is an award-winning podcast. It’s for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our world. Each episode features an interview with a historian who shares their unique insights into our early American past. It is a production of the Omohundro Institute.
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