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History of Jazz (1990)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1990-02-11

Duration: 00:17:35

Subjects: JAZZ | Music | BATISTE, ALVIN | Southern University Jazz Ensemble


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Raeburn, Bruce Interviewee
  • Batiste, Alvin Interviewee
  • Southern University Jazz Band Performer


This segment from the February 11, 1990, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s report on the history of jazz. She interviews Bruce Raeburn of the Hogan Jazz Archive in New Orleans, who discusses: the origins of jazz in New Orleans; the dispute over the birthplace of jazz; jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden; the impact of Storyville on the development of jazz; integration in jazz; and why jazz is one of the least commercially viable music genres in the United States. Masingale also interviews Alvin Batiste, jazz musician and director of the Southern University Jazz Institute, who discusses the uniqueness of the Jazz Institute and its importance in preserving the music. Batiste also conducts the Southern University Jazz Ensemble as they play songs from the different eras of jazz: “Buddy Bolden” by Bunk Johnson; “Coronet Chop Suey” by Louis Armstrong; and “23rd Psalm" by Alvin Batiste.