New Orleans rhythm and blues

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New Orleans rhythm and blues is a type of R&B music from the US city of New Orleans, Louisiana, characterized by extensive use of piano and horn sections, complex syncopated "second line" rhythms, and lyrics that reflect New Orleans life. It was a major influence on ska and reggae.[1]

Notable artists[edit]

Artists in this style include:

See also[edit]



  • Jason Berry, Jonathan Foose, Tad Jones, Up from the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II. Da Capo, 1992.
  • John Broven, Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans. Gretna, La.: Pelican, 1983.
  • Jeff Hannusch, I Hear You Knockin: The Sound of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues. Ville Platte, La.: Swallow, 1985.