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Jazz for Curious Listeners
Tuning into Tremé: Secrets of Congo Square
June 7, 2011

These 90-minute conversations, led by writer Larry Blumenfeld, who has written extensively about New Orleans since the flood, will use the second season of the HBO series to frame a wide-ranging consideration of jazz culture in New Orleans and its role in recovery. Excerpts from the show will be screened, and special guests—musicians, participants in the series, and scholars - will join in the discussion.

Back in colonial days, the "town square" of Tremé was Congo Square - originally known as "Place des Nègres"—where enslaved Negroes gathered on Sundays to dance. Congo Square holds a special place in the history and mythology of New Orleans; come discover the music and the magic of Congo Square as reflected in Tremé.

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