new orleans’ latin tinge

Reginald D. Hunter : “If somebody was coming to New Orleans for the first time and they wanted to put their finger on one thing that would make them begin to understand what the New Orleans vibe was about, what would recommend that they put their finger on in New Orleans?”

Mac Rebennack (Dr. John) : “I’ll say it as Jelly Roll Morton said this first : it ain’t New Orleans if it ain’t got that latin tinge. Because it’s kinda the top end of the Carribean whether it’s Haitian or whether it’s Dominican Republic or whether it’s Cuba or …This was just a outpost for that, all of that …”

Source: Reginald D. Hunter’s Songs Of The South (episode 3, BBC tv 2015). Indeed:

“Jelly Roll Morton considered the tresillo/habanera (which he called the Spanish tinge) to be an essential ingredient of jazz. The habanera rhythm can be heard in his left hand on songs like “The Crave” (1910, recorded 1938). “Now in one of my earliest tunes, “New Orleans Blues,” you can notice the Spanish tinge. In fact, if you can’t manage to put tinges of Spanish in your tunes, you will never be able to get the right seasoning, I call it, for jazz – Morton (1938: Library of Congress Recording).” Source:

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