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Join the “second line” with local author Kevin J. Bozant as he takes you on a neighborhood tour of over 200 music sculptures, markers, parks, murals, historic sites, statues, museums, festivals, plaques and cultural references celebrating the Jazz,MoreJoin the “second line” with local author Kevin J. Bozant as he takes you on a neighborhood tour of over 200 music sculptures, markers, parks, murals, historic sites, statues, museums, festivals, plaques and cultural references celebrating the Jazz, Rock and Rhythm & Blues heritage of New Orleans.At any moment in time, a musician in the Crescent City is rehearsing with the Marching 100 in the 7th Ward, playing the B-3 in Gert Town, harmonizing in Zion City, practicing piano at SUNO, jazzing it up at Preservation Hall, glorifying in a Mid-City choir, blowing a horn on Bourbon Street, marching in a Tremé brass band, second lining in a jazz funeral, conducting an orchestra for Broadway South or jamming on Frenchmen Street.Music isn’t just a way of life in New Orleans. Music IS life in New Orleans.In 1987, the United States Congress designated jazz “a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated.” On October 31, 1994, The National Park Service (NPS) established the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park focused on the early culture of traditional jazz. Together with the New Orleans Jazz Commission, the NPS created a series of tour maps of historic sites relating to the early history of jazz in the Crescent City. Over 60 of these sites are included here.In 2002, The Preservation Resource Center (PRC) and the New Orleans Jazz Commission, launched the Jazz Plaque Program in an effort to identify and preserve many of the residences of local musicians associated with jazz. More than 35 of these sites are included in this book.In New Orleans ... Every street is Music Street.