Rural Roots Of Jazz
The River Road African American Museum is missing all of our wonderful visitors and friends. So we’ve decided to the bring the RRAAM to you virtually! Our newest exhibit is the Rural Roots of Jazz, and explores all the talented musicians that came from the River Parishes and the Donaldsonville area.
Leo Nocentelli is an original member of the award-winning band The Meters. The group recorded a string of instrumental hits beginning in the 1960s, many written by Leo.
Rural Roots Of Music
We dedicate this to all of the mothers and grandmothers who combed our hair and pressed our dresses, shirts and pants to make sure we made it to church and Sunday School on time.
Music and dance are the ultimate expressions of freedom. Here we share a little bit of both from the levee top of Donaldsonville. Breathe and dance with Kai Knight of The Silhouettes.
Special thanks to Pastor Marshall Cooper for playing the saxophone and sharing his family history from the sugarcane fields of St. James Parish.