New Orleans rhythm and blues

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New Orleans rhythm and blues refers to a type of R&B music from the U.S. 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.

Distinct innovation and creativity, in combination with a musicality unique to the New Orleans area distinguish this subgenre. It was also a major influence on ska and reggae, the former being a local variation on New Orleans R&B and jazz, such as the Fats Domino song "Be My Guest".[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.